U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today after receiving a letter from the Black American Leadership Alliance sent to members of Congress detailing the proposal's negative impacts on African-American workers:
"I greatly appreciate receiving this letter and I share the concerns it outlines. The Senate immigration bill will be bad for African-American workers, and all American workers. This bill serves the special interests at the expense of poor and middle class Americans--both immigrant and native-born. Reform must be guided by the moral obligation we owe to our own constituents; this bill fails that crucial test. In this time of low wages and high unemployment there is no justification for such large increases in the supply of foreign labor.
All lawmakers should carefully consider the academic evidence presented in this letter. The Black American Leadership Alliance is correct to cite these studies. I know of no serious study that finds otherwise."