Incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions says that President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty is something that is “endangering our entire constitutional order” as a democratic Republic.
“President Obama’s executive amnesty violates the laws Congress has passed in order to create and implement laws Congress has refused to pass,” Sessions said in a statement. “The President is providing an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants with social security numbers, photo IDs, and work permits–allowing them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans during a time of record immigration, low wages, and high joblessness.”
Sessions noted that Obama’s specific actions were each rejected by Congress, and as such acting without congressional approval puts the U.S. system of government in jeopardy. Even though Obama and the White House claim that Obama’s actions are backed up by each previous president dating back to Dwight Eisenhower, the previous presidents’ immigration executive actions–at least the Republican ones–were done in conjunction with the will of congressional approval. Obama’s does not have congressional approval.
“This amnesty plan was rejected by the American people’s Congress,” Sessions said. “By refusing to carry out the laws of the United States in order to make his own, the President is endangering our entire Constitutional order.”
Sessions also hammered the specific detail of Obama’s plan that allows illegal aliens to get green cards–and a fast track to citizenship and taxpayer benefits.
“The President’s plan will apparently also allow many illegal immigrants to receive green cards and become legal permanent residents–meaning they can access almost all U.S. welfare programs, have lifetime work authorization, obtain citizenship, and sponsor foreign relatives to join them in the U.S.,” Sessions said. “Law enforcement has warned this unprecedented amnesty will unleash a ‘tidal wave’ of new illegal immigration flooding into American neighborhoods at taxpayers’ expense.”
Sessions hit Obama, too, for importing millions of foreign high-tech workers to replace American workers seeking jobs at IT companies in this country. He called for Congress to use the power of the purse to stop him.
“The President’s plan also calls for boosting foreign worker programs for IT companies that experts tell us displace U.S. workers and keep wages low,” Sessions said. “The President’s unconstitutional action is a direct threat to our Republican system of government and will have catastrophic consequences for the American people. It must be stopped. And the way to stop it is by using Congress’ power of the purse.”
Sessions said that the House should block funding for this immediately.
“The House should send the Senate a government funding bill which ensures no funds can be spent for this unlawful purpose,” Sessions said. “If Reid’s Senate Democrats vote to surrender their own institution to an imperial dictate and block the measure, then the House should send a short-term funding measure so the new GOP majority can be sworn in and pass a funding bill with the needed language.”
The reason Congress needs to fight this so hard, Sessions said, is because the foundation of American government depends on it.
“Congress has no higher duty than to protect the American people and our Constitution,” Sessions said. “The President’s action is a threat to every working person in this country–their jobs, wages, dreams, hopes, and futures. For years, the American people have begged and pleaded for a lawful system of immigration that serves the nation and makes us proud–but the politicians have refused, refused, refused.”
Sessions said now is the “time” to “stand strong” for Americans over illegal aliens and special interests the nefarious forces Obama is standing up for. Sessions said Americans must light up the phone lines in Congress to demand answers to where their senators and representatives stand.
“It is time to stand strong for the American people,” Session said. “It is time to champion the interests of those constantly neglected on the question of immigration: the men, and women, and children we represent–the citizens of this country to whom we owe our ultimate allegiance. Every American must ask their senator where they stand.”