Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) presents his new immigration bills
Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) presents his new immigration bills


Senate Republicans on Wednesday held a press conference to showcase a package of 15 bills designed to make critical improvements to America’s immigration system. The coalition, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), called for full Senate consideration on each of the bills as amendments to any legislative vehicle deemed appropriate by Senate Republicans this year.

Each bill in the enforcement-focused package is designed to represent a specific step toward: securing America’s borders; increasing enforcement at the workplace; and ultimately, restoring law and order to our nation’s broken immigration system. "One thing that is not offered here is amnesty," Sessions said.

The package is also designed to illustrate achievable, bite-sized steps that the Republican coalition believes a bi-partisan Congress should be able to accomplish between now and November. Many of the ideas contained in the bills have already passed the Senate or been voted on before, but have yet to become law. NumbersUSA will provide more information on the legislation when it becomes available.

Senators attending the press conference also used the event to announce the formation of the Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus.

The principle mission of the caucus, which includes Republican Senators David Vitter (La.), James DeMint (S.C.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), James Inhofe (Okla.), Elizabeth Dole (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Richard Burr (N.C.), and Roger Wicker (Miss.), is to "promote a true, achievable alternative: attrition through enforcement and border security." The Caucus' press release further stated, "Living illegally in the United States will become more difficult and less satisfying over time when the government – at ALL LEVELS – enforces all of the laws already on the books."

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Updated: Tue, Apr 29th 2008 @ 5:01pm EDT