A conservative Tennessee lawmaker running against Sen. Lamar Alexander told Newsmax TV
on Monday that the incumbent is siding with the Republican Party's big-business wing in the debate over illegal immigration — and that means promoting amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, working in conjunction with Alexander and other Republican senators, "has determined that we need an oversupply of labor so we can suppress wages," state Rep. Joe Carr, a candidate with tea party support, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.
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Congress is debating the president's emergency $3.7 billion request to cope with illegal immigrants who are arriving in overwhelming numbers, leading to what many observers have called a full-fledged humanitarian crisis
Republican allies of big business, including Alexander, aren't about to let a good crisis go to waste, Carr says.
"The reason the establishment in D.C. — the establishment Republicans in D.C. — want this to go away [as a political problem] is because the United States Chamber of Commerce is yanking their chain on this particular issue," said Carr.
"The problem is, we've got 58 million American adults who are out of work right now and every year we have almost 2.4 million legal immigrants coming to the United States," he said. "You put on top of that the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants coming into the United States, and it's designed to suppress the American workers' ability to climb out of that low-income, low- or middle-income area, and [earn] a working, living wage."
Carr said other U.S. senators, such as Jeff Sessions of Alabama, are doing good work by crafting legislation to coordinate state and federal efforts to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border.
In the meantime, said Carr, more D.C. Republicans "need to understand that we need to start deporting those who are here illegally — and that's a word that Republicans, especially establishment Republicans, don't like."
Carr said his opponent tipped his hand at Thursday's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the $3.7 billion request when Alexander said of the escalating border crisis, "We've known about this for a couple of years."
Carr called the admission "stunning" but not surprising,
"He's shown a propensity to allow [President] Barack Obama, [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid, and [Democratic Sen.] Chuck Schumer to lead him around by the nose, whether it's [on] amnesty for illegals, voting yes on cloture for Obamacare, raising taxes, or voting yes on cloture to take away veterans' benefits," said Carr, who trails Alexander in polls going into the Aug. 7 primary.
"So, for those of us here in Tennessee, this wasn't so surprising, but it was deeply disappointing that he admitted that he'd known about this for two years, [and] did nothing except provide amnesty and provide a window to perpetuate and accelerate a problem that we now know has existed for two years," said Carr.
Carr said states like his own, though far from the Mexican border, have seen ripple effects of illegal immigration. He said Tennessee has responded with "some of the strongest enforceable [state] illegal immigration laws in the country" — which Carr also said he wrote.
He said states have more power to address the crisis by deploying state National Guard forces.
"It's past time to put the National Guard on the border," Carr said
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