On the floor of the Senate Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., cited strong evidence linking responsibility for the border surge to Obama Administration policies, and explained how the Administration anticipated this year’s dramatic influx but did nothing to prevent it from happening.

The following are excerpts from his speech:

“Recently, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley questioned 230 illegal immigrants about why they came and 95% said they believed they would be allowed to stay and take advantage of the ‘new’ U.S. ‘law’ that grants a ‘free pass’ or ‘permiso’ being issued by the U.S. government to adults traveling with minors and to unaccompanied children. A high percentage of the subjects interviewed stated their family members in the U.S. urged them to travel immediately, because the United States government was only issuing immigration ‘permisos’ until the end of June 2014.’

On June 10, 2014, newspapers in Honduras and Guatemala quoted Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson as saying: ‘Almost all agree that a child who crossed the border illegally with their parents, or in search of a father or a better life, was not making an adult choice to break our laws, and should be treated differently than adult violators of the law.’

Records show the Administration knew the surge at the border was coming and did nothing to stop it. Indeed, they sought to accommodate it. On January 29, 2014, the federal government posted an advertisement seeking bids for a vendor to contract to handle 65,000 ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’ crossing the southern border. This raises serious questions.

Why would the Administration claim to be surprised by the current influx of unaccompanied minors when they were taking bids in January for a contract to handle this exact situation and almost the exact number?

A leaked May 30 internal memo written by top Border Patrol official, Deputy Chief Ronald Vitiello, said: ‘Currently only three percent of apprehensions from countries other than Mexico are being repatriated to their countries of citizenship, which are predominantly located in Central America.’

So we have a situation now where illegal immigrants seek out and turn themselves in to border patrol so they can be brought into the United States, be united with family members, apply for jobs, attend schools, have children in U.S. hospitals, and stay in the United States—whether through skipping court hearings, receiving asylum, or simply ignoring orders to leave. We can all expect, five or ten years from now, politicians in this very body to say that these illegal immigrants ‘came here through no fault of their own’ and are entitled to citizenship.

Indeed, the President actively continues to incentivize even more illegal immigration—he reauthorized his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for two years and held a White House ceremony honoring ten DACA recipients; he recently unilaterally authorized an additional 100,000 guest workers; and now the Justice Department is hiring lawyers to represent unaccompanied alien children in immigration court, to maximize the number who will receive permission to stay. Claims that DACA does not apply to these new arrivals is simply a distraction. DACA is a unilateral action that established the precedent that those who come to the United States at a certain age will receive special exemptions from the law.

Our immigration system is unraveling before our very eyes. The American people have been denied the protections they are entitled to under our immigration system. Washington is failing the citizens of this country in the most dramatic way. The President must send a clear and simple message: Do not come unlawfully. If you do, you will be returned home.”

Sen. Session argues the DACA program established the basis for amnesty for illegal aliens under a certain age. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is now circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter asking Representatives to join him in demanding the termination of that program.

The letter blames President Obama for the UAC surge and cites DACA as the cause. "[T]he very existence of the program contradicts present law and violates the Constitutional principle of a separation of powers which grants primary law making authority to the Congress," Issa wrote. "The Executive does not get to pick and choose which laws must be enforced and which can be selectively ignored."

Issa’s letter also calls for an investigation into fraud and abuse in program for asylum, which UACs will likely seek, and for the termination of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s search for further limits on deportation.

Updated: Wed, Jul 9th 2014 @ 5:20pm EDT

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

I'm not sure it is, Vince. Although it was a real crime, the Watergate burglary was hyped by the press for nearly 2 years before Congress maneuvered Nixon into resigning. How does the press now spin Obama's abandonment of immigration enforcement? It is presented as an attempt to help innocent children from becoming victims of a "humanitarian crisis".

But, taking your point, we also have to consider which is more consequential: Nixon's willingness help cover up the stupidity of his re-election supporters or Obama's attempt to aid an invasion of our country.

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MonaLisa 1533 of CA's picture

Thank you Senator Sessions for having common sense and speaking out. I am disgusted that more Senators are not speaking out. All of our resources are going to people who should not be allowed in the United States. I don't care who they are. They need to go home and it's up to our administration to make it clear to these countries. I refuse to pay any taxes for this stupidity.

Karon 0150 of NC's picture

Thank you Sen. Jeff Sessions, for representing us, your American citizens. We live in an age, where politically, that is difficult to find!

Robert 4907 of DE's picture

Thank You, Sen. Sessions. We need more like you...a lot more.

It's time to close the dump and pass Comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform., Sen. Sessions. Make entering this country illegally and being in this country illegally a felony with a very steep fine and jail time. Maybe this will work to stop the invasion get rid of the illegal aliens already in this country. It will save the American taxpayers BILLONS upon BILLIONS! Save us, Sen. Sessions, from becoming a third world country.

Dayne 4589 of FL's picture

This is no Watergate. Maybe for Obama,but so dramatic for the citizens of the USA. We have no border...and no say in our

Vince 0041 of PA's picture

Someone ordered up that RFI for escort services. If that order can be traced up through the chain of command, perhaps to Obama, it could be the scandal that brings him down. We need to push for a real investigation and see who was behind this. I strongly suspect that Mexico was in on it, how else can we imagine that they would allow all of these migrants through?

Dayne 4589 of FL's picture

Yes. But who to push? Mexico has to be part of this. There is no way that this many "children" got through their border. Our congress is lame. They have no thought
other than collecting our taxes about the citizens of this country. One drama after another to over-shadow the drama before the last one. I am sickened at the state of the USA now. Saw an article that mentions sending used underwear to our members of congress and the president...because of another news article about the illegals needing 42,000 pair of MEN"s underwear. As immature as it is...perhaps it is worth the effort. Nothing can be anymore immature than our current administration.

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Ariel 6023 of CA's picture

This wave of immigrants is customarily referred to as “children,” and media outlets like to interview women and girls. But one survey found that 80% of the migrants are male, and 83% are over 14. Some are gang members or other type of criminals. If the Obama administration thought they were future Republican voters, they would be driven away with cattle prods. Instead, the illegal immigrants are being sent to various parts of the U.S.

Gary 3222 of AL's picture

Sen. Sessions, is correct the DACA progam without the approval of Congress is illegal under separation of powers. Under Article 2 Section 3 US Constitution last sentence Obama, is required "To take care to faithfully execute the laws."

Roger 8615 of CA's picture

Jeh Johnson should be put in jail for his delibarite call for people to break our laws and obama should be sent to jail for child trafficing, all the relatives should be put in jail for child indangerment.

Michael 4117 of SD's picture

Isn't this amazing and sad! We have Laws that just need to be enforced!

U.S. Constitution, Art. IV, Sect. 4--The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.
H.R. 6061-AN ACT To establish operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States.
1. Short title This Act may be cited as the "Secure Fence Act of 2006".
2. Achieving operational control on the border
(a) In general Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States, to include the following—(1) systematic surveillance of the international land and maritime borders of the United States through more effective use of personnel and technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage, and cameras; and
(2) physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful entry by aliens into the United States and facilitate access to the international land and maritime borders by United States Customs and Border Protection, such as additional checkpoints, all weather access roads, and vehicle barriers.
(b) Operational control defined In this section, the term operational control means the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.

I called the Speaker (voicemail), Senator McConnell (couldn't lv msg), Senator and Representative to ask them to speak up and enforce the Law. Another 25 snail mail letters in the box today to various elected officials.

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Michael 4117 of SD's picture

See the CHEAT SHEET used by some illegals as they cross the Mexico / U.S. border:
"Among the printed statements in Spanish on the sheet are:
• Why did you abandon your country?
• Because of poverty and misery.
• You’re in fear of your government and afraid to live in your country.
• You’re afraid of extortion from Maras [MS-13 gang].
• Do you have family in the United States?
• Is this the first time you’ve come into this country?
• Did you swim across the river?
• Somebody told you that if you brought a minor child into the United States you can stay."

They forgot to add " I vote Democrat".

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Toni 6404 of TX's picture

congress needs to stop whining and act they have the power of the purse, an they can stop tax payers money from being paid to obama attorneys to represent illegals in court!!! the usa immigration laws do not allow the federal gov to use tax payers money to pay for the illegals. Change the laws Bush instuted for keeping illegals other than from Mexico, and send all of the illegals back, especially the illegal families already here who sent money to families an used cartel smugglers paid to bring illegals here. Send them all back, they have an will continue to break the laws.

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Sindy 1502 of TX's picture

UNCONSTITUTIONAL....... Federal Immigration and Nationality Act
Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)
"Any person who . . . encourages or induces an alien to . . . reside . . . knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such . . . residence is . . . in violation of law, shall be punished as provided . . . for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs . . . fined under title 18 . . . imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both."

Section 274 felonies under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, INA 274A(a)(1)(A):

A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he:

* assists an alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or

* encourages that alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or

* knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions

Can we throw Obama in JAIL NOW?

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Bruce 6964 of AL's picture

Senator Sessions is a great man & was a wonderful state District Attorney! We need him insted of Eric the unlawful Holder as the Federal DA & he would clean up America & the border problems! Go get them & tell them Senator Sessions!!

Duane 9288 of CO's picture

need to have an oportunity is important that immigrants from other countrys which have poor economys need to give young adults and older children a chance to have an oportunity to suceed in life. These are the people we need to allow in. Duane J. Loetz DDS

Duane 9288 of CO's picture

The people who have the least hope of a future are the ones we need to help. The well endowed can take care of them selves and are not needed in this country. We have plenty of well prepared people so the only ones we shoud help are the ones who are not well trained and need education are the ones we should help. The intellegent and well educated should stay in their own country and help improve the future for their own country.

Duane 9288 of CO's picture

Why not help the uneducated and send them back to their own country to make some improvements? that would help more of the poor and uneducated? That is a much more intellegent way to handell the problem But maybe it is too much to expect our leaders to trhink of something that would lower the incentive to cheat?

Maybe it is too much to expect our political leaders to think of ways to help other nations and reduce the incentive to cheat their way in?

Van 0864 of VA's picture

It's not as easy as that. Once given a legalization, they can't be forced to leave. The answer is not to give it in the first place

Mary Ann 8354 of PA's picture

The chain of parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, grandparents cousins comes with each one - all will receive free social services at our expense. Overpopulation is being encouraged and is the wrong direction for a healthy America.

But we are being replaced, "dreamers are our future" - what about our children? DACA was for those brought here before 2007, why is it being extended - haven't all signed up that are eligible?

Van 0864 of VA's picture

No they haven't all signed up. However the extension concerns the fact that DACA gave a two-year stay of deportation. They're confirming it is renewable.