Sen. Jeff Sessions tells Newsmax that the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate would pull down wages and increase unemployment — and he predicts it “cannot be passed.”
The Alabama Republican also warns that Republicans should not buckle to “big donors” who want to increase immigration to boost the supply of cheap labor.
Sen. Sessions was first elected in 1996 and is the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary and Armed Services Committees.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, Sessions has this advice for GOP legislators on immigration reform: “My message is if you do the right thing not only will it be the right thing for America but it will also be good politics, because what’s happening today is – and it’s been going on since at least 1999 – wages of working Americans have been eroding every year.
“What we need to do is to promote immigration but at a level that we can sustain, and the bill that came out of the Senate would have taken us from 10 million people given legal status in 10 years to 30 million people given permanent legal status in 10 years. That’s larger than the American workforce can absorb without increasing unemployment and pulling down wages as the Congressional Budget Office said.”
As for the 11 million illegal aliens currently in the country, Sessions says: “We’ll have to wrestle with how to treat them in a compassionate way, and there is a way to create a legal status for those who are deserving in that group. But we’re talking about a bill that not only would legalize the 11 million, it would basically double the annual flow of immigrants into the country on top of that, and that’s what cannot be absorbed without real danger to working Americans and their income.”