Sen. Sessions on Immigration Bill’s Broken Promises

Jeff Sessions, Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2013

The so-called Gang of Eight immigration plan now being considered by the Senate fails to live up to every major promise made by its sponsors. Far from improving the immigration system, their 1,000-page proposal would exacerbate many of its flaws. It would dangerously undermine future enforcement while imposing substantial burdens on taxpayers and taking jobs and pay from U.S. workers.

Indeed, the two unions representing our nation’s immigration and customs officers and those who process immigration applications have strongly urged opposition.

The sponsors’ promise of enforcement first was broken when lead sponsor Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared: “First, people will be legalized…. Then we’ll make sure the border is secure.” About 11 million immigrants who are here illegally—which includes 4 million who have overstayed their visas—would receive work permits, Social Security numbers and access to state and local benefits within six months of passage. The Department of Homeland Security merely has to submit a border plan, not accomplish that plan. Those legalized will then be free to compete for jobs at a time of low wages and high unemployment. It’s amnesty first, not enforcement first.

Moreover, the bill allows the DHS or an immigration judge to stop any future deportation for humanitarian reasons, the public interest or family unity. Such open-ended waivers would all but ensure mass litigation and the end of immigration enforcement in America.

The sponsors promised that back taxes would have to be paid, but under the bill, if the IRS doesn’t audit someone working off the books—which it isn’t required to do—there will be no taxes to pay. There is no requirement that immigrants pay state or local back taxes or that employers pay back taxes.

The sponsors promised that people here illegally would have to learn English and civics, but the fine print reveals it will be at least 10 years before this is put into effect. And even then, the bill only requires those applying for permanent residency (a green card) to be pursuing a course of study “to achieve an understanding of English and knowledge and understanding” of civics. Furthermore, the secretary of Homeland Security can waive these already loose standards in many cases.

The sponsors promised that those “with a serious criminal background or who pose a threat to our national security” would be ineligible for legal status. But the bill allows the Homeland Security secretary, under certain conditions, to grant it to gang members; those with major misdemeanor criminal convictions (including felonies pleaded to misdemeanors) for serious crimes, including drug offenses, sexual abuse and prostitution; those with arrest records of any length; fugitives from deportation orders; or those who have been deported and illegally reentered.

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  • The__Bobster

    Sessions in 2016….if we still have a country left.

    • jane johnson

      With Trey Gowdy as his running mate. No,scratch that…Gowdy would make a GREAT A.G.

      • mobilebay

        How about Rep. Steve King? We don’t have too many on our side and the choices are slim. Guess illegal immigration is too profitable to stop the flow across our southern border. Most of our elected officials don’t care what happens to our country anymore.

        • Paleoconn

          Or Kris Kobach, or Jan Brewer. Hell, even Sheriff Joe.

          Sessions has to be the Republican nominee. If Conservatism Inc. torpedoes him, we should officially stick a fork in the GOP.

          • mobilebay

            Now you’re talking! I’d vote for Kobach for President any day. Sessions would make a good VP (He represents the district in which I was born and grew up).

          • Paleoconn

            Man, I’m feeling pretty positive lately. I don’t remember the last time our side had so many reputable, high-profile candidates. Hope springs eternal for the midterms and 2016.

    • Morris LeChat

      If we have a million, or several million white man march on DC to show them that we are not asleep and that we strongly object to the immigration bill, then we may have a country left. The 4th of July would be a good date for this. The French are not just taking it anymore, they are having marches and demonstrations, are white American males softer than the French? Are they going to let their future just slip away rather than make a trip to DC?

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/rubio-asserts-gang-bill-is-unconditional-amnesty-but-only-in-Spanish

    Rubio Asserts Gang Bill Is Unconditional Amnesty (But Only In Spanish).
    By Patrick Cleburne on June 10, 2013 at 6:17pm

    Byron York seems to have emerged as Marco Rubio’s nemesis. First he points out that the Gang bill embodies no powerful Border Commission – so that Rubio’s talk show barrage claiming it did appears to have been just lies.

    Now in Marco Rubio: In immigration reform, legalization comes first — ‘It is not conditional’ The Daily Caller June 10, 2013 York reports

    In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, made his strongest statement yet that legalization of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen before any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place

    Let’s be clear,” Rubio said. “Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border…The legalization is not conditional.”

    In other words, U-N-C-O-N-D-I-T-I-O-N-A-L A-M-N-E-S-T-Y.

    • Yet, the Zuck-funded Rubio/Ryan-narrated ads on talk radio all make the implication that enforcement happens first, and Rubio himself doing his rounds of interviews with conservative talk radio hosts made it clear that enforcement happens first and is a necessary trigger (I said trigger, hello NSA) for the legalization/path to citizenship.

      Will the real Marco Rubio please stand up?

    • sbuffalonative

      Last week when Rubio said the bill didn’t have enough votes I said, don’t believe him. He was only trying to lull people into believing the bill would die so they could pass it without criticism.

    • evilsandmich

      There’s something morbidly fascinating about the GOP putting a revolver in it’s mouth while thinking that it’s a chocolate bar.

    • Morris LeChat
  • He should be the 45th President of the United States.

    If he runs, I’ll be all in all out for him.

    Heartily, at the time I last looked, 85% of LAT readers agree with Sessions. That might be the self-selection bias of those who would read a Sessions op-ed, though.

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      I don’t know. I see comment sections full of vitriol against non-Marxist positions. Just as opposing Obamacare crosses party lines, any GOP candidate with the stones to make the general election about immigration control and enforcement would pull in many Democrats and independents. I would recommend adding a stances in favor of international trade balance and for dismantling affirmative action. They can be sold together as a platform to maximize job opportunities, wages, and working conditions of American workers. I think it could work. In the meantime, I have to figure out the best way to get money to Sessions, Lou Barletta, and Kris Kobach without my bosses finding out. I’m relatively indispensable, but probably not indispensable enough.

  • bigone4u

    The Gang of Eight bill should be printed on tissue paper–the kind that comes in rolls. That way it would be good for something after it’s defeated.

  • joemcgee

    I’d say there are no more than 4-5 senators who aren’t traitors, renegades or just straight bums. They will make a law making millions of these illiterate mongrels citizens, no matter the hurt they do our nation.

  • Here’s our buddy again, Charles Schumer in his natural habitat, Gay Pride Parade 2012.
    Notice the flag he is waving. It is the flag he wants to replace the Stars & Stripes with.

    • Romulus

      Or replace the 50 five pointed stars with 6 pointed ones!

      • me

        Yup. I’m surprised that Schumer hasn’t come out of his double door closet yet….

      • Morris LeChat

        yes, in a few years the ACLjews will most likely be filing lawsuits against any display of five pointed stars, while jewish people will be allowed to display their six pointed stars

  • Freedoooom

    If you want an example of why the media is biased… Look no further than the insane crap Graham has been promoting since the PRISM program leak.

    Protected because he is pushing amnesty.

    • Sick of it

      Graham was pushing amnesty at least as far back as 2000/2001 (when he was in the House). Before then, I had never even heard of him, so no idea.

  • The only position that the (R) party should take is to demand that the government uphold the promises made by Reagan in the 1980’s, but they will not because they are in favor of white genocide. The only position that a loyal white person can take is that our immigration laws be returned to what we had before 1965 and expel all of the non-whites that entered the country after 1965.

    • Romulus

      Unfortunatelygiven the gigantic nature of Americas industrial infrastructure and the sheer logistics of finding (with manpower) all who should be deported and a need to fill the labor vacuum with bodies(so as to move the groids up the next couple of tiers of the socioecon
      omic ladder) to pay for the enormous costs of the baby boomers retirement; ……. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

      Unless there is a huge surge in white woman breeding with white men, we WILL become the minority in our own land over the next 15 to 25 years. The English language and remnants of Americas Anglo culture will survive in pockets of the country. Yet, I fully expect America to balkanize along ethnicity and geography.

      • Sick of it

        We’re hovering around 60% right now, adding in the 20 million extra illegals that no one wants to claim. Arabs and some half and halves are still included in the official demographics as white.

        If Amnesty goes through, the provisions allow for them to bring in tens of millions more Hispanic family members from their various nations of origin.

        • Romulus

          Yet every cloud has a silver lining. The more people become aware of there surroundings, the more “awakenings we’ll see. Of course, nature might help us out a but. There is no way, earth can continue to support the billions and billions of people in its present industrial scale consumption. Estimated pop.projections from the worldwatch institute and the US census bureau put it at 9 billion by approx 2035. Earth is having a hard time now. Never mind Gore’s stupid warming. I mean simply resource acquisition,consumption and depletion. Population is at an estimated 7.2 bil. As of Nov. 2009 Natl geographic magazine. So that’s 14 trillion calories that have to be provided every day with a global agribusiness.All that is to say, is the huge third world peasantry could use another die off or mega tsunami.

          • Sick of it

            Don’t ever be fooled into believing that, my friend. If the powers that be did not keep us in a state of technological regression as opposed to real progress, we could easily, EASILY take care of a much larger world population. Even with our current resources, land, and farming methods we could take care of a much larger population. Population reduction is only necessary to ensure that a certain inbred family can completely control humanity sum total.

            Sadly, they are people incapable of producing a Da Vinci, a Newton, a Tesla, etc. and therefore rightly fear people with any real intelligence.

          • Romulus

            There is an old axiom that we engineers like to share about the above mentioned topic. ” If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably isn’t .” Im gathering a list of sources and literature to aid in the discussion and will post as time allows. Time will tell of the outcome. Perhaps humanity can endeavor to persevere with an ever greater population, perhaps not. Let the readers decide.

          • Sick of it

            If German scientists could devise radical new ideas in every area in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s that have yet to be utilized, that really says something about the modern scientific establishment. I’m sure government scientists in our respective nations back then were skeptical of some of the things the Germans were actually developing…

            Our country was built on a ‘can do’ attitude. If someone says it cannot be done..ask why. Ask why no one has not tried it. Then try it. Hell even the way our technology has developed..umm there are multiple pathways we could have gone in the development of technology. There are simple things like the use of air pressure that have not been explored in full ffs.

          • Morris LeChat

            you just want a “catastrophe” to happen

          • Romulus

            Humanity has weathered many catastrophes over the last 10,000 yrs. Anything short of global thermonuclear or bio-chemical wafare, would be survivable. I DO NOT wish a catastrophe to happen but im not scared if one does. My survival skills are well up to snuff. If 85%of Americans list themselves as Christians,what are they scared about . Upon the imminence of death, all one has to do (according to doctrine) is invoke almighty Jesus,ask for forgiveness, and then enter heaven into the lords open arms, right? UNDERSTAND, IT IS NOT MY INTENT TO MOCK!! Im just illustrating a point. We used to have a collective belief system(albeit) 17 different den ominations. Im a protestant BTW. IT would be a tragedy of epic proportion ,but I’d like to believe that the Phoenix will rise from the Ashes.

  • JohnEngelman

    Those legalized will then be free to compete for jobs at a time of low wages and high unemployment.

    – Jeff Sessions, Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2013

    ————

    Business Insider Nov. 29, 2012

    With today’s release of the first revision to Q3 GDP, we got fresh data on corporate profits. It turns out that corporate profits hit a brand new all-time high in the quarter…

    Another way to look at this chart is corporate profits as a share of GDP which is a pretty decent proxy for profit margins. Once again, brand new high…

    And for the flipside, here we add total wages as a share of GDP, which has fallen to a new low.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/corporate-profits-hit-new-record-high-2012-11

    Corporations are making record profits, not despite the bad economy for most Americans, but because of it. On the immigration issue both political parties are betraying American wage earners. Republicans want downward pressure on wages. Democrats want more Democrat voters.

    • me

      That’s it, in a nutshell. Slave wages for filthy, treasonous corporate pigs, and votes for treasonous Marxist DemocRATS.

      • JohnEngelman

        What about the Republican Party that advances the economic interests of those “filthy, treasonous corporate pigs?”

        • me

          That ‘type’ of majority Republican would whore out their own grandmother if it would give them more money/power/status….

    • evilsandmich

      That’s a feature, not a bug for the disgusting pols pushing this thing.

    • Bossman

      I don’t think that the equation is that simple: More immigrants = lower wages and higher unemployment. The economy is driven by demands for more goods and services. Right now , there is not enough demand.

      • JohnEngelman

        During the Great Depression the U.S. government under the leadership of the Democratic Party and Franklin Roosevelt increased demand by increasing government spending and employment. Even before the preparations for World War II programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps put Americans to work, putting money in their pockets, and thus increased demand for goods and services they could not previously afford.

        ———–

        A Gallup poll of 18 April 1936 asked “Are you in favor of the CCC camps?”; 82% of respondents said yes, including 92% of Democratsand 67% of Republicans.[31]
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilian_Conservation_Corps

        • Bossman

          Are you agreeing with me? Note well that during the Great Depression, there was zero immigration to the USA. The Great Depression looked more like a great contraction of everything. That great contraction may have even been responsible for WWII in an indirect sort of way.

      • Crack an Econ 101 text some time. An increased supply of anything the demand for which is not increasing will always result in lower prices (wages-salaries in the case of the labor market), ceteris paribus.

    • MBlanc46

      So far as corporations and their shareholders are concerned, profits are never high enough.

  • Talltrees

    “State Legislators Urge Senators to Reject Gang of Eight’s Amnesty Plan”

    Even state senators have no influence on our corrupt and traitorous federal legislators.

    “State Legislators for Legal Immigration, a group comprised of legislators from 38 states, urged Members of the U.S. Senate to reject S. 744, the comprehensive amnesty bill. Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the founder of SLLI, wrote Senators on behalf of the group saying, “Simply put, states cannot afford to bear the additional budgetary burdens of amnesty through S.744…Congressional amnesty has not worked in the past and history is doomed to repeat itself here.”

    Granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who broke the rule of law entering the United States is an attack on the American dream. Congress is crushing the American dream for those who are waiting in line to legally enter the United States. This legislation is offensive to legal immigrants and citizens of the United States.

    We respectfully urge you to represent American interests, not foreign interests, and vote NO on S.744.”

    https://www.numbersusa.com/content/news/june-11-2013/state-legislators-urge-senators-reject-gang-eight-s-amnesty-plan.html

    Although, don’t agree with Pennsylvania state Representative Metcalfe comparing legals to illegals. We shouldn’t have either unless they are White.

  • ImTellinYa

    By that imbecile’s logic we should just make murder legal. No more murders. Of course this Leftist coward and traitor is murdering our entire country. He’s not the only lying scum though.

    Along with Schumer, Cruz is lying scum too. He is trying desperately to hand illegal third-world savages a free pass to stay in the country legally. Then a short ways
    down the road Cruz, together with other cowards and traitors, will give
    these nonWhite enemies of the U.S. citizenship.

    The government, headed by that affirmative-action parasite and stuttering homosexual Obama, is quite literally the enemy of its own country. The government as it is currently constituted is essentially a political action committee for lively, vibrant savages, foreign and domestic, who want to swamp the U.S. and dispossess the White people who built this country and who invented the modern world.

    We owe our current government no allegiance. We must realize that the government hates White people and is working night and day to disarm us and dispossess us. No one in government is going to provide even the smallest solution to the problems we face. They are the problem; them and their third-world savage foot soldiers.

    • KevinPhillipsBong

      Cruz voted against the bill today.

  • sbuffalonative
    • World_War_Me

      They need to literally be tarred and feathered, like that scene in ‘john adams’. Afterward, hang them as traitors.

  • Nick Gherz

    Any bill that does not sanction employers that hire illegals is not worth the paper it is written on.

    • MBlanc46

      While I’m sure that many employers, especially larger corporations, want to hire legal immigrants, many do not (and even the big ones often subcontract with contractors who hire illegals). They are not going to allow a bill that would seriously hinder their ability to hire whomever they wish.

  • Bossman

    The question that you should be asking yourself is: Does the immigration system needs fixing? My answer is yes. Doing something is better than doing nothing. If it is so-called Hispanics that frightens you, then the bad news for you is that they are already well intertwined into the fabric of the USA.

  • Bob Jenkins

    The 1986 amnesty should (and WOULD, if whites were in control of their own nation and were all racially aware) be in all history textbooks. It would be one of the most important entries – one of the central purposes in history, of course, is to make sure we don’t repeat our mistakes. And amnesty has been one of our biggest ones, no doubt.

  • Ella

    It’s not worth the paper when it exceeds a twenty-page proposal and probably written in legal jargon where it takes a law degree to translate their doublespeak. Meaning it’s full of favours for Big Businesses. Illegals and citizens-alike aren’t require to pay IRS taxes under 40K with dependents for the last decade. I don’t think the govt will raises our taxes but will PRINT money and take loans from China to pay for the immigration costs -expect more mass inflation and outdated infrastructure in USA.

    Oh to mention, Stalin hated the Middle Class farmers and took their lands away being too “rich.” They must re-distribute the size of farmlands to make them more equal and fair to poorer, Russian farmers. Sounds familiar yet?

  • Romulus

    I was there as well.

  • mobilebay

    Do you suppose the gang of eight will ever feel lonely when they stand before an audience made up entirely of non-white faces?