U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today on the continually broken promises from the Gang of Eight:
"When the Gang of Eight first announced their immigration bill they declared it was the toughest enforcement plan in history. They declared enforcement would come before legalization. And they declared that anyone who suggested otherwise didn't know what they were talking about.
Now the bill has been reviewed and there can be no dispute: it weakens current law, undermines future enforcement and puts amnesty--not enforcement--first. So new promises of amendment "fixes' to save the bill should be viewed with great skepticism: every time, on every issue, the promises have not matched with reality. They promised back taxes--but the requirement isn't there; they promised tight restrictions on welfare benefits--but state and local benefits, as well as tax credits, will be available immediately and federal welfare access is granted to millions of illegal immigrants starting in five years; they promised to protect workers--but this bill would devastate workers by tripling the number of legal immigrants over the next decade and doubling the number of guest workers.
No small cosmetic fix can save this bill, with so many provisions clearly authored by special interests whose chief desires are lower wages and amnesty--rather than a lawful, rational system of immigration.
As the ICE officers' association warned: "instead of cracking down on the Administration's abuse of power, S. 744 places unprecedented new restrictions on interior enforcement--making the current situation much worse and much more hazardous. It is as if S. 744 were explicitly written to handcuff law enforcement officials--binding their hands while giving virtually unchecked authority to executive branch officials to prevent future removals, including removals of criminal aliens.' And as the USCIS adjudications officers warned: "the legislation was written with special interests--producing a bill that makes the current system worse, not better. S. 744 will damage public safety and national security and should be opposed by lawmakers.'
It's time for the Gang of Eight to start being straight with the American public."