U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement today after labor leaders warned of a possible impasse between business and labor groups on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform:
"The Trumka statement reflects an increasing appreciation of reality by union and non-union workers both. A large increase in the supply of foreign labor will reduce the value of the individual American worker, threaten his job, and reduce his salary. There is no escaping that fact. This is especially serious at a time of unemployment and labor surplus.
As this truth emerges, some of the reform visions put forward cease to be realistic and are not in the interests of American workers. Let's be honest, we cannot introduce an endless supply of foreign labor--subsidized by government food, housing, and health care--that does not replace American jobs and pull down wages. The prospects for American workers cannot be forgotten in this process."