On Monday afternoon, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who also serves on the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, delivered a 13-minute speech on the Senate floor opposing the amnesty plan issued earlier in the day by Senators Marco Rubio, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbiun, Bob Menendez, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, and Michael Bennet. Sen. Sessions said no amnesty plan would pass in the Senate as long as the Obama Administration failed to enforce existing immigration laws.
Sen. Sessions also shed light on the fiscal consequences an amnesty would have on the nation's fragile economy.
Amnesty will not help balance our budget. In fact, a large-scale amnesty is likely to add trillions of dollars to the debt over time, accelerate Medicare’s and Social Security’s slide into insolvency, and put enormous strain on our public assistance programs. We know already that the administration refuses to enforce existing law restricting immigrant welfare use, and in fact promotes expanded welfare use to immigrants—including food stamps, public housing, and Medicaid. I joined with four Ranking Members to obtain answers from the Department of Homeland Security about this evisceration of law, and the Administration has suspiciously defied three consecutive oversight requests.
-- Sen. Jeff Sessions
You can read Sen. Sessions full statement on his Senate website.
Originally Published: Tue, Jan 29th 2013 @ 9:07am EST