Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) faulted the House for passing a $1.1 trillion spending package that does not include “any effective action to block” President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
“We are going to fight harder than we ever have before,” Sessions said in the statement. “Those who think that this issue will recede, or fade away, are mistaken. The voice of the American people will be heard.”
Here is his full statement:
For the sake of the Constitution and our constituents, Congress should fund the government but not fund the President’s unlawful amnesty. In plain violation of law, the President’s order gives amnesty and work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants – allowing them to take jobs directly from struggling Americans.
Unfortunately, not only has Congress so far not attempted any effective action to block the President’s amnesty, but the legislation that passed tonight funds through September of next year many policies that the House itself rejected only a few months ago. In effect, the omnibus provides the Administration with billions of dollars to carry out President Obama’s resettlement plan for illegal immigrants in U.S. communities. The legislation also continues to allow the recipients of the President’s amnesty to receive billions of dollars in government checks in the form of tax credits and to participate in programs through myriad government agencies such as Social Security and Medicare.
The American people are justly worried about their jobs, their schools, and their communities. They have rightly demanded a lawful system of immigration that serves their interests – not the special interests. They have correctly pleaded with their lawmakers to finally adopt immigration policies that put their needs – the needs of American citizens – first. So, to them I say: we are only just beginning. We are going to fight harder than we ever have before.
Those who think that this issue will recede, or fade away, are mistaken. The voice of the American people will be heard.