Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.) said on Monday that the White House immigration proposal leaked over the weekend is very similar to the outline presented by the Gang of Eight last month. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has tried to distance the Senate plan from the White House's, but Sen. Sessions noted that both plans grant all 11 million illegal aliens with the right to work and live in the United States on day one.
"The release of the President’s immigration plan is more than a misstep or clever political maneuver. It is a dramatic disclosure of his real immigration ideology and goals," Sen. Session said. "The plan grants amnesty on day one while making hollow promises of future enforcement that will never occur. The plan is a giveaway for the special interests and the open borders lobby. This president will never dedicate himself to enforcing the law, and this plan offers only further proof of that.
"It is plain what is happening. The special interests are again in the White House, demanding and getting their favors granted, while American workers and the public interest are again locked out.
"Unfortunately, the leaked plan is little different in its substance from the Gang of 8 plan, which is also unlikely to withstand scrutiny. Crucially, both plans confer legal status and work authorization on day one in exchange for promises of future enforcement on which this administration will never deliver.
"Perhaps this leak, and what it reveals, may mark the beginning of the collapse of this new scheme to force through a fatally flawed plan."
Updated: Tue, Feb 19th 2013 @ 7:53am EST