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Monday, June 24, 2013

Senator Sessions Speaks Against Amnesty

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has issued important reports on the dangers of the amnesty legislation drafted in secret by the eight Senators who are known as the Gang of Eight. Now I'm going to quote directly from Senator Sessions:

"When the Gang of Eight was first formed, a publicly stated principle was that enforcement would come first -- before legalization [of the illegal aliens]. On the Sunday TV shows, Gang of Eight members admitted that they abandoned this principle and that, in fact, legalization -- [otherwise known as] amnesty -- would come first. This [Gang of 8's] plan is contrary to the commitment they made to the American people and raises the same core problem as the 2007 proposal that was rejected by the American people. ... The [Gang's] proposal will not stand up to scrutiny.

"Another area of great concern in this proposal is the impact it will have on low-income Americans and those individuals and communities suffering from chronic underemployment. The guest worker program in this proposal represents only a fraction of the increase in legal foreign workers that will be rapidly introduced. Including those illegal immigrants that are legalized, this bill, over ten years, will result in at least 30 million new foreign workers -- more than the entire population of Texas. While this may mean lower wages for the business lobby, and more political power for AFL-CIO leadership, it will be bad for American workers -- union and non-union. And it will expose taxpayers to enormous long-term costs, including trillions in unfunded liabilities for Medicare and Social Security from which low-wage foreign workers will draw more benefits than they pay in."

This powerful statement from Senator Jeff Sessions should be enough to kill the amnesty bill that Congress is trying to pass.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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