Attorney General Jeff Sessions just spoke out to warn that coming to a deal on Barack Obama’s precious referred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could be the “last real opportunity” for Americans to see a legal immigration system that works for them rather than against them.
Breitbart reported that Sessions told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that he White House-backed immigration plan that business-first Republicans and Democrats blocked was a missed opportunity for Americans to see relief in an immigration system that would have eventually end the mass importation of more than one million mostly low-skilled foreign workers every year.
“Look, this is an opportunity for the American people, maybe our last real opportunity, to create an immigration system that’s lawful, that ends the lawlessness, the illegality, and serves the national interest. … President Trump’s plan is strong, the Grassley bill included that pretty effectively, it’s the kind of legislation I think could work, that I supported. And it didn’t pass,” Sessions said.
“But, I got to say, we have got to talk about this as a nation. We need … President Trump’s plan calls for ending the illegality, having real enforcement with a border wall, it calls for a merit-based system, instead of the chain migration, it calls for ending the Visa Lottery, which is a ridiculous policy and always has been,” he later added. “…Why we can’t get that done baffles me. And I think it’s … the American people are there and we cannot stop, we have got to get this done.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) immigration plan was similar to the White House’s immigration framework in that it down-the-road ended the process of “chain migration,” ended the Diversity Visa Lottery program, and funded a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Like Trump’s immigration framework, Grassley’s plan also would not have immediately ended chain migration, though, allowing the roughly four million chain migrants in the backlog to continue entering the U.S.
Sessions explained that the Trump administration was more than generous in their immigration proposal, revealing the extreme, cheap labor and open borders views of the Republican establishment and Democrats.
“Well, we don’t have to go halfway beyond the fundamentals. President Trump’s fundamentals are good,” Sessions said. “Who can oppose ending the Visa Lottery? Who wants to continue the lawlessness? Who wants to allow … create a situation in which you get amnesty, illegality for young people that are here and not end up with a legal system that will be enforceable in the future? There’s nothing mean-spirited about it. … We admit one million people a year lawfully into America. Hundreds of thousands of workers are here in addition to that, every year taking jobs.”
“So we’re not talking about ending immigration,” he continued. “…The president is in no way talking about being unkind. And if sometime in the future, after the illegality has ended, we can begin to talk about people who have been here a long time and who have not violated our laws in other ways.”
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