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Sen. Jeff Sessions: Obama Created Border Crisis

Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 11:36 AM

Sen. Jeff Sessions has accused President Barack Obama of deliberately creating the border crisis in a “sustained effort to undermine America’s immigration laws.”

In a commentary for USA Today, the Alabama Republican said that “enforcement has collapsed,” referring to the thousands of illegal immigrants, many of them children from Central America, crossing into the United States from Mexico.

“Immigration enforcement for the world's most powerful nation is now held hostage by a small band of radical immigration activists,” wrote Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

“That is why the administration still refuses to deliver the crucial message necessary to halt this flow: if you attempt to cross our border illegally, you will be apprehended and deported.”

Sessions, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also slammed Obama’s $3.7 billion funding request to Congress to handle the crisis “his lawless policies are creating.”

He said it “further advertises his administration's amnesty efforts and our fraud-riddled asylum programs, while explicitly omitting any request for expedited deportation authority. The request is also not paid for. The administration wants to borrow every penny.

“Most egregiously, the president has announced his intention to yet again bypass Congress in order to expand his far-reaching non-enforcement directives. His unlawful actions guarantee that the $3.7 billion will be only the beginning, and that the deluge of illegal immigration, and the huge costs, will only grow.”

Sessions also quoted John Sandweg, Obama’s former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as saying, "if you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero."

The senator said that by not securing the borders, the president is creating a crisis for American workers.

“This flood of illegality adds to an already massive flow of low-wage labor into the US. Between 2000 and 2013 the federal government issued 26 million visas to foreign workers and new permanent immigrants — corresponding with falling wages, soaring joblessness, and rising poverty in our struggling communities.

“When did we forget that a nation owes its first allegiance to her own citizens?”

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