U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today regarding immigration legislation that will be ‘marked-up’ tomorrow in the House Homeland Security Committee:This is important stuff—remember than Ann Coulter's post-election column was called Voters Are Giving You One More Chance, GOP. Sessions says that
“Republicans won a historic midterm vote on the promise to take real action—not symbolic gestures—to end the immigration lawlessness. It is essential that any immigration measures moved by the Republican Congress actually do the job. Too often, Congress will pass anything on immigration except that which will actually work. Indeed, the repudiated Gang of Eight bill was touted as the ‘toughest border security [and] enforcement measures in U.S. history.’
Unfortunately, border legislation being marked-up on Wednesday in the House Homeland Security Committee again fails to include the measures necessary to fulfill its promises.
As it stands now, Congress provides billions of dollars every year to the Department of Homeland Security for border security and immigration enforcement and yet DHS uses those resources to flout the laws Congress has passed, rather than to enforce them. Without ending catch-and-release, any additional funds for DHS will simply be used to facilitate the transfer of more illegal immigrants into U.S communities. Border security must be approached differently in a time when we have a President who makes up his own laws, and where illegal immigrants actually hope they will be apprehended so they can be released into an American city or town. We live in a new reality.As such, it is essential that any border plan include some of the following measures, or that these measures be adopted first:Obama is hammering on the "release" side of catch-and-release in his State Of The Union—the text as released says "...surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is taken from her child...".The striving young student is a "Dreamer" with a high dropout rate, a high failure rate, and little hope of being a net taxpayer. The hardworking mom (hardworking at an American job) isn't being "taken from" her child, she just sometimes abandons her child in America—with relatives, if the child is lucky—in order for the child to get free stuff from the American government.That's why something must be done about enforcement—the other side seems to have no sense of right and wrong.
Americans have begged and pleaded for years for an end to the lawlessness. But the politicians have refused to listen. Time and again, proposals are offered with tough promises that the legislation does not fulfill. This time must be different. We cannot be satisfied with measures that create the appearance of doing something while changing little. We need reforms that actually work, protecting the jobs and communities of the American citizens we represent.”[More]
- Mandatory E-Verify
- Mandatory detention and repatriation for illegal entrants
- Expedited deportation for border-crossers
- Close asylum loopholes
- Bar access to welfare and tax credits
- Penalties for the Administration’s continued failure to implement the biometric entry-exit system as required by law
- Penalties for the Administration’s continued failure to build 700 miles of double-layer border fence
- Refusing visas to countries with high overstay rates or that will not repatriate their citizens