Senator Jeff Sessions is becoming one of the most vocal critics of comprehensive immigration reform. In an interview with ABC News this morning, he blasted the Gang of Eight’s plan as legislation that will harm low-income workers.
“I think it’s incumbent on Republicans, Democrats, and every one of us to ask what is going to happen to working Americans whose wages have been falling since 2000, who are unemployed at a very high rate,” Sessions said. “It will impact them adversely. We have to ask how the new flow of workers is going to maybe double the current flow of legal workers in the future, in addition to those who will be legalized, [which is] 11 million.”
“The public interest is to figure out how we can deal with the crisis we face, how we can have a lawful system that serves the national interest without hammering, as the civil rights commission members have said, the average low-income worker, the African-American and Hispanic worker that’s here,” he said. “It’s logical that if you bring in a massive supply of low-wage workers, you’re going to pull the workers down.”