Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senator Sessions says Boehner Border Plan just more surrender to "planned illegality," fails to mention needs and rights of Americans

7/23/14, "Jeff Sessions: Boehner Group's Border Plan an 'Institutional Surrender' to Obama's 'Planned Illegality'," Breitbart, Matthew Boyle

"(Republican Senator Jeff) Sessions expressed disgust with how Boehner’s working group plan, drafted by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), seems to allow any person who enters the United States illegally an asylum hearing.
The document also appears to cement the idea that anyone who shows up unlawfully at our border is presumptively entitled to an asylum hearing in the United States,” Sessions said. “This cannot be so. We cannot allow unjustified claims of asylum to overwhelm our system. Also, because the working group does not explicitly demand a narrowing of the conditions for asylum, the end result of their plan may paradoxically be that more illegal immigrants are eventually granted asylum—enticing even greater numbers to arrive on the promise of speedy grants of lawful status.”

Sessions continued by noting that he has serious concerns with the border security provisions in the Boehner working group’s recommendations. 

The (Boehner) document calls for President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security to develop a ‘strategy’ and ‘plan’ to secure the border, which is less than what is actually required to do under current law,” Sessions said. “Meanwhile, it omits any discussion of restoring collapsed interior enforcement. If portions of this plan are as similar to the Gang of Eight bill as they appear to be, it could open the door to substantial legislative mischief in the Senate. With only days before Congress’ planned adjournment, a better strategy would be to focus on blocking the President’s threat of new executive actions—and insist that he enforce current laws—while these complex proposals are studied and revisited.”

Sessions also noted that he is upset that Boehner’s working group makes no mention of the effects this border crisis is having on American citizens, and instead seemingly focuses entirely on how to help the illegal aliens.

“Finally, it is curious that the proposal makes no mention of the needs of Americans. Yes, this is a humanitarian crisis,” Sessions said. “But it is also a legal crisis. And so too is it a crisis for the American people who have begged and pleaded for a lawful system of immigration that serves their interests, protects their jobs, and increases their wages. Republicans should not be timid or apologetic, but present a bold defense of the American people. The House GOP has so far been the last bulwark protecting working Americans; it would be tragic for that defense to buckle in the closing days of this Congress.”"


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