Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., issued a statement today in response to President Obama’s speech on the decline in economic conditions for U.S. workers. Excerpts are below.
“It is shocking for the President to give a speech about income disparity and falling wages while pushing an immigration plan that will hammer American workers and widen the disparity. The Congressional Budget Office confirms the White House-backed plan would reduce wages, reduce per capita GNP, and increase unemployment. The President says people are worried ‘the system is rigged’ and yet it is the President who has teamed up with a small cadre of CEOs to double the flow of immigrant workers when these exact same companies are laying off American workers in droves.
“Wages for American workers are lower today than they were more than a decade ago—and take-home pay has fallen each year since the President came into office. A recent study demonstrated that all net job growth since 2000 has gone to immigrant workers while the number of U.S.-born Americans working has declined by 1.3 million.
“The President’s policies also threaten college students who are about to enter a difficult economy. His plan would more than double the number of temporary foreign workers for wealthy tech companies. As Professor Ron Hira, a leading expert on H-1B visas, has noted, the visas are being used for ‘facilitating offshoring and providing employers with cheap, temporary labor—while reducing job opportunities for American high-tech workers in the process.’
“Harvard professor Dr. George Borjas found that high levels of immigration between 1980 and 2000 caused the wages of lower-skilled American workers to drop nearly 8 percent. He also found current immigration levels have resulted in a $402 billion annual wage loss for workers but a $437 billion increase in profits for business owners.
“It is time to have an open and honest conversation about our shrinking middle class and the consequences of our immigration policies on American workers and their wages. Unfortunately, that is not what we got from the President today.”
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Originally Published: Wed, Dec 4th 2013 @ 5:03pm EST

Robert 4907 of DE's picture
We need more like Sen. Sessions. He sees the damage the illegal aliens are doing to this country. The ones who don't have our jobs are using this country as a welfare country...thanks to their anchor babies. When we get rid of ALL the illegal aliens, we WILL get rid of all the problems that go with them. THAT IS A FACT!
William 6898 of AZ's picture
Very well stated. Talking to these amnesty-pushers is like talking to a brick wall. It absolutely "blows my mind" that they could believe amnesty is a good idea. In reality, it will devastate this country. All the facts and figures are on our side people. Never give up this fight, it's OUR COUNTRY, and I, for one, want it back!
Joan 1545 of PA's picture
Senator Sessions hits all the big points right on the nose. But why is he alone in Congress talking this way? Even people who agree with him mostly stay silent. Yet these are some of the biggest issues we have -- for today and for the future. We simply cannot go on like we are, with less money for ourselves and more people to take care of.
Sylvia 4936 of CA's picture
“Harvard professor Dr. George Borjas found that high levels of immigration between 1980 and 2000 caused the wages of lower-skilled American workers to drop nearly 8 percent." It takes a Harvard Professor to figure that one out? What is this world coming to?
Dave 362 of WI's picture
Politics is about "trade-offs," and in this case Congress is willing to trade 20 million jobless Americans for more Hispanic-American votes. Speaker John Boehner made this official when he hired pro-amnesty activist Rebecca Tallent to brow-beat Republicans into accepting what would be the 8th amnesty since 1986. When it comes to comparing the positions of the Dems and GOP in regards to enforcing immigation laws created to protect American workers, the stench is the same.
Dennis 8057 of AZ's picture

We found out today why Obama is so hung up on freeing all the illegals here in are country. It came out that his uncle is here illegally. He had been told to leave two times in the last 50 years but never did. Breaking the laws of the country seems to run in the family. What part of illegal don't the people in Washington understand?

Ariel 6023 of CA's picture
Just fyi, obama uncle just got a green card last week. The only way to fight kep in calling and spread the news to friends and relatives. The safest argument immigration is ok, if its done legally and they go through a background investigation
Lechelle 5846 of CO's picture
I agree with you about the state of our society, but not with Jews trying to destroy our Nation. It's really unfair to blame societie's ills on one small group of our society.
Thomas 2924 of IN's picture
Jeff Sessions is just about the only member of Congress who tries to alert the American people to the lower wages and higher unemployment our current high rate of immigration has produced. He cites the critical numbers that should be all over our newspapers everyday, but are carefully never mentioned. And, he stands almost alone in Congress in telling the American people about the huge increases in permanent immigration and guest workers in S. 744, and the disastrous effects those things would have on American workers. Why are there so few other good Americans like Jeff Sessions in Congress? Any real Democrat would have been standing beside Jeff Sessions in that press conference and agreeing with EVERYTHING he said.
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Mike 1111 of CO's picture
Opposing Obama is usually good policy. In this case, opposing Obama's Amnesty is VERY GOOD policy. I wish Mr. Sessions were MY senator. Keep up the fight; our jobs are at stake; we have to win this one.
GlenR 1973 of WV's picture
Most of our Elitists including too many politicians consider Citizens as no more than "units of labor" and only want the free flow of labor including the ILLEGALS which would also favor Open Borders to drive down wages. They are only concerned about their profit not the welfare of the Citizens. Sessions seems to be able to present the facts in a way that everyone should understand. I would trade Cornyn and even throw in Dewhurst for Sessions to represent Texas views.
Aaron 8129 of ID's picture
Units of labor is also a term used in science fiction. If you want to see in action watch "the sun makers" starring tom baker. They call the taxpayers "work units" instead! I never figured it out I bought the serial on DVD! It also spoofs the British taxpaying system at the time! But the message is still very relevant today!
Philip 5927 of AZ's picture
Sen. Jeff Sessions is a great career politician who truly represents Americans. He have a right mind of his own. Obama doesn't have. Alabama is very fortunate to have him. I would like to thank AL voters to pick a right leader like him. He knows every inch of his job. He faithfully obeys every detail of the rule of book.
Gene 5798 of TX's picture
Same song, different verse that I began singing in 1976. Same response as then, no one is listening to the tune, then or even now. Disheartening!
Karen 6880 of AZ's picture
I wish all Americans could find and hear Sen Sessions' statements on Immigration Enforcment and other topic statements. I do think he is brilliant. Sessions' concise, consistent way puts everything together in a neat organized thought.. Sessions' super good reputation and image needs replicating by other elected in DC. God Bless Jeff Sessions!
Jim 3544 of MO's picture
Obama is a big time liar about immigration reform. He does not enforce our existing laws and he will do less if Congress gives him some type of immigration reform bill to sign. Are the Republicans that stupid or are they in with lower wages for all Americans?
Terri 9170 of IL's picture
Yes, Jim, they are. They always have been, but the used propaganda to convince people they were heroes. Now the Democrats want low wages for all Americans because they see they'll get absolute power from tens of millions of illiterate peasants crossing our border illegally.
Terri 9170 of IL's picture
Obama does this about once a week and somehow the deadheads who vote for him can't seem to put together the simple truth that Sessions is stating here. Jeff Sessions for President!! We must get a Third Party.
Albert 3441 of PA's picture
As much as I dislike the corrupt 2-party system, I would probably support a Sessions candidacy for president in 2016. This man has the kind of integrity that has been lacking in most of the presidential candidates that I can recall.
Terri 9170 of IL's picture
Did Obama say "people" are worried the system is rigged? That's the kind of rhetoric that fires up the illegals and the blacks and turns every group in our society against every other group.I would like for Obama to explain exactly what he means that "people think the system is rigged." Since The Great Society and the 1966 Civil Rights Act and Equal Opportunity Act, minorities in the U. S. have way more opportunity than anyone else. It's not someone else's fault if people decide that education and working a real job is stupid.
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Kenny 1647 of NY's picture
Truth is put Americans backs against the wall long enough they are gonna come out swinging.I am one those many many generational Americans.
Terri 9170 of IL's picture
I've been listening to different speeches by Jeff Sessions. I'm not sure of this man's stands in the past, but, today, I believe he is the only person in politics who would make a great president. He has the right position on immigration and even on business and trade. He's one Republican who's seen through the corruption of the corporate wealthy and knows what is needed to heal America and make us strong again. I wish I knew how to form an Independent party.
Thomas 1762 of TX's picture
There are a list of others but if they are not co-chairs of a committee, their voices go unheard. Only their Constituents are able to with the Congressman.
William 6898 of AZ's picture
Thank you Sen. Sessions for fighting for real Americans and not bowing down to corporate-greed and demanding, illegal-invaders.
Albert 3441 of PA's picture
Kudos to Sen. Sessions for speaking truth to power! He is one of the few patriots left in the corrupt Washington regime. The question now is whether anyone is listening.
Thomas 1762 of TX's picture
I would like to show my support for Senator Sessions but I am denied access to him as I am not in his constituency. How does one send a message or make a statement to a Congressman that is not their direct representative?
Thomas 2924 of IN's picture
I would support Sessions for President, and even if he didn't get the nomination he would be an even better and more knowledgeable advocate for a sensible immigration policy than Tom Tancredo was in 2008. It would be worth calling Sessions's office to suggest it. There are so few in Congress with any integrity, it is nice to let those who do possess it know that they are appreciated.