Lower wages, higher unemployment, and a heavier tax burden.
Those are the trio of “benefits” American citizens enjoy as a result of President Obama’s executive amnesty, according to a new handbook written by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions, one of the administration’s fiercest critics on the subject of illegal immigration, delivered the handbook on Monday to Republican congressman. Entitled “Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority,” it is a 25-page roadmap outlining what Sessions believes should be the GOP position on immigration.
“The largest untapped constituency in American politics are the 300 million American citizens who have been completely left out of the immigration debate,” Sessions says in the handbook. “Speak to that constituency—with clarity and compassion—and change the issue forever.”
Sessions’ argument is that Democrats have abandoned the will of the people in their search for immigration reform, instead catering to corporate lobbyists, advocacy groups, and liberals fighting for an open-door immigration policy. He said that Republicans have been playing right into the Democrats’ hands, joining the conversation on their terms.
“We were not elected to clamor for the affections of Washington pundits and trendy CEOs,” says Sessions.
The First Blows
In the wake of the handbook, Speaker of the House John Boehner outlined the first steps the Republican-dominated House of Representatives would take against Obama’s executive amnesty. Speaking Tuesday, Boehner said that the first vote would be to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security. However, included in that spending bill would be amendments meant to block Obama’s actions. And though the bill will probably pass the House with few problems, it could meet opposition in the Senate. It may also be destined for a White House veto, depending on the language in the amendments.
Republicans aren’t planning to stop with the president’s November actions, however. They are also planning to attach an amendment to the spending bill intended to reverse Obama’s 2012 deferred deportation action. Should this amendment pass, it could put hundreds of thousands of formerly-protected immigrants at risk for deportation. Even Republicans have their doubts as to whether such an amendment can pass.
On the other side of the aisle, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi tried to use the recent Paris terror attacks to her party’s advantage. “In January,” she said, “a horrible, horrible terrorist attack took place in Paris. You’d think it would have heightened the urgency to pass a homeland security bill, but the Republicans still say no to passing a clean bill unless they can be a menace to immigration.”
Ah, but what Pelosi and the Democrats don’t understand is that Obama’s actions constitute the very threat to national security they claim to want to avoid. A nation without strict controls over its borders inevitably invites terrorists and other undesirables to make themselves at home. And executive actions that tell illegals that they simply have to fly under the radar for a while before being granted permission to stay, well, that just draws more of them in.
I can’t say I have a lot of hope for these amendments to pass into law, but I’m glad to see Republican lawmakers take a tough stance on illegal immigration. Through the dark cloud that has hung over Washington D.C. since 2009, the first rays of sunshine are beginning to peek through.