Thursday on the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) railed against the secret deals President Barack Obama has made with IT CEOs to use his executive power and grant amnesty to upwards of 5 million illegal immigrants already living in the United States.
Partial transcript as follows:
I’m sure this will make the activists, the politicians, and certain billionaire executives who enjoy dinner parties at the White House very happy that the president is doing these things. But what about what’s good for America? What about what’s this the interest of the American people? America is not an oligarchy. The masters of the universe, they don’t get to meet at the White House and decide how to run this country. When the American people learned what was in the Senate amnesty bill and guest worker bill that doubled the number of guest workers, for which every single Senate Democrat voted, the people said no, no, no.
He explained, “The House stopped the plan. but now the same groups who wrote this bill are working with the White House to extract the same benefits by executive fiat, by executive order. They had at least 20 secret meetings in July and August alone with the White House to plan this strategy.”
These measures, we are informed, would include a massive expansion in the admission of new foreign workers, including more workers for information technology jobs who are laying off Americans in fact more than they’re hiring. The proposals they have and are pushing and advocating would double the number of lawful workers, while not dealing effectively with the unlawful flow.
Every Senate Democrat is the President’s partner in this scheme as surely as if they wrote the executive orders themselves. As surely as if they were sitting right next to the interest groups huddling with White House aides to craft these orders.
So I have a message today to all the special interests, the global elites, the activists, and the cynical vote-counting political plotters that are meeting in secret at the White House. And the message is this: you don’t get to sit in a room and rewrite the laws of this country. Congress writes the laws. You may not be used to people telling you “no,” but I’m telling you “no” today.
But, it is critical that our Senate Democrats be willing to tell you “no” today too.
I also have a message for the American people: you have been right from the beginning. You have justly demanded that our borders be controlled, our laws enforced, and that, at long last, immigration policy serve the needs of our own people first. For this virtuous demand, you have been demeaned, even scorned by the governing class. They know so much, this cosmopolitan elite. They want you to believe your concerns are somehow illegitimate. That you are wrong for being worried about your jobs, or your schools, or your hospitals, or your communities, or your national security. These elite citizens of the world speak often of their concern for people living in poverty overseas, yet turn a blind eye to the poverty and suffering in their own country. They don’t want you to speak up. They don’t want you to be heard. They don’t want you to feel you have a voice.
But you do have a voice. And your message is being heard. And I am delivering that message to the Senate today.
This is a moment of choosing for every Senator. Where will history record you stood?
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