Sessions: ‘I Think We Do Have the Votes’ to Block Executive Amnesty

Sessions: ‘I Think We Do Have the Votes’ to Block Executive Amnesty

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said he believes that Republicans “have the votes” to block executive action on immigration by the president on Tuesday’s “Mark Levin Show.”

Sessions repeatedly emphasized that such an order would go against the will of the American people and would be an abuse of the executive branch’s power, arguing such an order “conveys to the president a power the executive branch has never had, and Congress should defend its legitimate power of the purse.”

He added that an executive order to grant legal status or work permits to individuals in the country illegal would wreck, “any principle, any moral ability, I think, to enforce any immigration laws.”

Sessions stated that in response to such an executive order, “the right thing to do…is to put in language that says ‘OK, we’re funding the government, but we’re not going to fund an unlawful abuse of power, an executive amnesty that Congress has explicitly rejected.’”  He then declared, “I think we do have the votes,” additionally remarking that some Democrats had campaigned against the president’s executive order and should be held accountable for that position.

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