Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Heroic Stand Against Amnesty

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


large_Sessions made up mindThe Democrat-dominated U.S. Senate rammed through an immigration overhaul bill yesterday over the heroic objections of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) whose principled opposition to the legislative monstrosity have earned him a national following.

In a statement released after the vote, Sessions savaged the so-called comprehensive immigration reform bill.

We can create a lawful immigration system that makes us proud. But for that to happen, this bill must never become law. We must return to the drawing board and produce legislation that serves the just and legitimate interests of the nation, its people, and all who wish to call America home.

Despite months of propaganda and media hype, in the end the proposal advanced by the so-called Gang of 8, a bipartisan group of senators whose most visible member is Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), fell two votes short of the 70-vote target set by proponents Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). They had reasoned that attaining 70 “yes” votes would give the measure enough momentum to get through the other chamber. The Senate passed the legislation, 68 to 32, after a new version of the massive bill was substituted Friday. Senators had only the weekend to read the revamped bill.

“Sponsors of this legislation—despite the array of financial, establishment and special interest support—failed to hit their target of 70 votes,” Sessions said. “The more people learned about the bill the more uneasy they became. Failure to reach 70 votes is significant, and ensures the House has plenty of space to chart an opposite course and reject this fatally flawed proposal.”

The Senate-approved immigration amnesty legislation provides for a phony “border surge” that would beef up enforcement efforts — but which will never actually be carried out. The bill also perversely rewards employers for hiring illegal aliens over those legally allowed to work. Another provision would stay deportation efforts against criminal illegal aliens for two-and-a-half years to allow them to seek legal status. The legislation is also loaded with stimulus programs and political pork that has nothing to do with immigration. One provision would set aside $1.5 billion to provide low-income young people with taxpayer-funded vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, or scooters.

The measure “guarantees three things: immediate amnesty before security, permanent future illegal immigration, and a record surge in legal immigration that will reduce wages and increase unemployment,” Sessions said. “There will be no border fence, no border surge, nothing but the same tired illusory promises of future enforcement that will never occur. Americans have begged and pleaded time and again for Congress to end the lawlessness. But this amnesty-first bill is a surrender to lawlessness.”

If enacted, the bill will “decimate immigration enforcement and erode the constitutional rule of law upon which our national greatness depends,” he said. “And it remains unfair to the legal immigrants who put enormous time and expense into following the rules our nation has established.”

According to Sessions, the legislation provides that an additional 4.5 million illegals will be legalized over the following decade. At that point the nation’s intake of immigrants will grow by at least 50 percent per year over 10 years for a total of 1.5 million immigrants a year being placed on a path to citizenship, or 15 million more for 10 years.

In addition to these 30 million immigrants placed on a path to citizenship, the measure would also double the quantity of temporary workers who could come and stay in the U.S. for three years, Sessions said. The workers would have the option to “re-up” for another three years with their families.

The forceful arguments put forward by Sessions have boosted the junior Alabama senator’s image across the nation.

Jerry Kammer of the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies, a group whose motto is “Low immigration, Pro-Immigrant,” praises Sessions for his leadership.

Sessions “has emerged as a populist defender of unemployed Americans” by warning of the “grave damage” the legislation will do “by expanding the job competition not only from new temporary workers but also with those 11 million illegal immigrants whose liberation from ‘the shadows’ will allow them to seek more desirable jobs.”

In the Thursday roll call, all 52 Democrats, as well as two Independents who caucus with the Democrats, voted in the affirmative. Emphasizing the importance of the issue to the Obama administration, Vice President Joe Biden personally presided over the Senate during the vote.

The 14 Republican senators who defied their party’s base and voted in favor of the bill are: Marco Rubio (Fla.); Lamar Alexander (Tenn.); Lisa Murkowski (Alaska); Kelly Ayotte (N.H.); Jeffrey Chiesa (N.J.); Susan Collins (Maine); Bob Corker (Tenn.); Jeff Flake (Ariz.); Lindsey Graham (S.C.); Orrin Hatch (Utah); Dean Heller (Nev.); John Hoeven (N.D.); Mark Kirk (Ill.); and John McCain (Ariz.).

Senate approval now sets the stage for a showdown with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) says the House plans to write its own version of the legislation and won’t consider the Senate bill.

Conservatives are already firing warning shots across the bow of House leadership.

They say they’re willing to take away Boehner’s gavel if he doesn’t play ball on immigration. Boehner garnered only 220 votes in the election for Speaker in January, barely mustering the 218 votes he needed to claim the post.

“There gets to be a point in time where there is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back,” Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) said the day before the Senate vote. If Boehner breaks the “Hastert Rule” again on the immigration issue, “I think that a lot of members in the conference would probably be frustrated to the point of looking for new leaders.”

The Hastert Rule, named after former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), states that no bill will be brought up for a House vote unless a majority of Republican lawmakers in that chamber support it.

Boehner has repeatedly ignored the rule, bringing up “fiscal cliff” avoidance legislation, Hurricane Sandy aid, and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, all of which then passed with Democratic support. But in recent days he has tried to reassure his House colleagues that he will abide by the rule on the immigration legislation.

There is “great unrest” among Republicans about violations of this majority-of-the-majority principle, Salmon said.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) was even more blunt. “The American people elected a Republican majority to the House of Representatives,” he said. “Were a leader of that majority to use his authority to circumvent that majority, that would be cause for removal in my judgment.”

Naive Republicans think that backing comprehensive immigration reform will somehow win their party Latino votes. But immigration is not an important issue for most Latino voters who are traditionally staunch, pro-big government Democrats.

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said Republicans are “running around like chickens with our heads cut off thinking that we have to do [immigration reform] for political reasons.” House leaders need to “stop negotiating with Democrats,” he said. “Start doing what is the right policy — the right conservative policy for America.”

Although amnesty remains unpopular among the American public at large, the activist Left wants the estimated 11 million illegal aliens present in the U.S. to be processed because they see them as future Democratic voters. In addition, many labor unions, such as SEIU see today’s illegals as future union members. Business lobbies favor amnesty because they crave the cheap, largely unskilled labor.

The Left’s goal with the current immigration bill is the same as with most of its major policy initiatives over the past half century. Left-wingers want to create new Democratic voters and flood the country with people who don’t share Americans’ traditional philosophical commitment to the rule of law, limited government, and markets, in order to force changes in society.

An added benefit, from the Left’s perspective, is the proposed mass amnesty would destroy once and for all the Republican Party.

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  • American1969

    Jeff Sessions is only one of five politicians worth keeping. The rest can go—-they are worthless.
    Thank you, Senator Sessions!

  • Tabitha Bliss

    God Bless Mr. Sessions for standing for America & Americans!
    I wasn’t really familiar with his background (not in any depth), until researching him just a few days ago due to his bold stand with this issue. The man is a true conservative & Lord knows we are in need of those! Great history to read & the best part is how much the left hates him (just warms my heart).. Anyhow, I’m definitely a fan now!
    As far as these other traitors go, a read that’s infuriating yet eye opening is at the Washington Examiner titled; “Roy Beck on the effort to kill immigration reform”. Another really ‘enlightening’ read on what’s going on would be; “Immigrationists and the Death of America” at the American Thinker.
    Enjoy em & keep the pressure on Boehner! I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him.
    Shalom~

  • cecil91

    None of this would be necessary if our neighbors south of the border knew how to properly manage their countries. They make sh!th@les out of their countries, come here illegally to get away from it, and then not only take advantage of our largesse, but demand it.
    What would you do if some stranger entered your house, and after feeding him he demanded room and board not only for himself but for his family as well? If you are a Democrat, you build a wing on your house for him and his, write him a monthly check, give his family free medical care, and allow him to vote. It’s just the human thing to do, says doofus the Democrat, smiling while he doles out your tax dollar.
    What’s next? A one-way ticket to the third-world, and we are already on the train.

    • OfficialPro

      well you have to understand, historically there’s been an awful lot of corruption in Latin American and South American countries thanks to the infiltration of Communism, so the people are either habituated to subsisting on government largesse, or they haven’t been able to get a piece of the government pie for themselves.

  • Lionel Mandrake

    Listening to Mexicans chanting “yes we can” in the chamber yesterday after being told by hair-plugs Joe Biden to restrain from any out burst shows us what we already know about them, that they have zero respect for the empty suits doing their dirty work in Washington and refuse to understand that this is OUR country, not theirs.

    But millions of Indians from Meso America and elsewhere down their have displaced us or are in the process of displacing us. So we have been stabbed in the back by filthy politicos who will not properly understand the most obvious thing about this legal invasion, it will make whites a minority in their own country in about 56 years time.

    Why are we allowing this to happen? Has any people willingly given themselves over to an invasion force without war? Look around every major US city to see just how ugly, disorderly, violent and shameful the democratic model has been in destroying all it touches.

    These politicians deserve great blame and punishment for being accomplices in the greatest act of civilizational vandalism and destruction since the Goths sacked Rome under Emperior Valens, who granted a million of them Roman status, after which they promptly hunted him down and skinned him alive.

    • crow

      [...]But millions of *Indians from Meso America* and elsewhere down their *have displaced* us or are in the process of *displacing us*.[...]whites a minority in their own country in about 56 years time.[...]

      Yes he said WHITES have been displaced in THEIR own country. Don’t you love the high and objective level of discourse?

      Well if western nations didn’t want to deal with people from vastly different cultures (some of them admittedly stuck in the 7th century) they should have kept their imperialistic resource-hungry asses out of them. Not to mention this country’s economy was founded on the backs of men and women brought here in chains for centuries and were forced to live sub-human lives for a century after that. Read Jefferson’s letter to Washington about the slaves were so cost-effective they were worth more than land. Your empires are striking back babies.

      This site sounds like it was published in the Jim Crow south. No wonder the site’s founders and their associates are banned barred from entering modern democratic countries.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Spot on! Many white Americans are sheepish about admitting that Hispanic/Mexican illegal immigration will tear at the fabric of our white majority which current trends show won’t be much longer. Strangely, some don’t even see the invasion as one that threatens their race and culture. They think illegal immigration is wrong only because it violates our immigration laws and our national sovereignty.

      But once the Mexican-peasants from south of our borders fill the land, our nation will no longer resemble its historic, white-european foundations. The U.S. will look like Mexico with all of its accompanying problems. It will only be then that many dim-witted whites will wake up and ask, “What happened to my country?”

      Whites MUST wake up and see that what’s currently happening via third-world immigration is the complete displacement of white dominance and white culture in America. It’s happening in Europe and it’s happening here.

      “What Mexicans Bring to America,” http://www.ambrosekane.com

    • Rsmile

      Most people do not want this to happen and it is the push of the UN/NWO convincing our so-called representatives to approve this and bring our country to ruin. The representatives do not listen to “We the People”anymore and they do whatever they want to.
      We have major cities decaying, small towns abaondoned and so much crime and immorality it is horrible.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    Jeff Sessions is a man where others fail to show cojones. There is only one small observation to make on this post. The fact that we have so many unemployed, and that the illegals will take American’s jobs is not important to the American worker who voted twice to elect the socialist regime in power. Why would they complain now?

  • onecornpone

    Kudos to Senator Sessions. This cause has motivated him to step into a leadership position, for which it has been obvious he is well suited.

    In the current environment, his exemplary stand on behalf of WE the People, will not come without political consequence. Don’t forget to support him in the upcoming years. The Left will be out to destroy him for defying “Dear Leader’s” utopian wishes.

  • DebRollin

    Very Commendable, thanks to Jeff Sessions. This immigration bill had lots of pork in it too…more kickbacks and ramming through..same ole thugocracy of the lawless.

  • cathy

    Thank you Matthew Vadum. An excellent expose’!

    Marc Rubio takes it upon himself to disregard the outcry of Conservatives on the illegal immigration issue … Conservatives who gave their all … Conservatives who prayerfully and financially supported his rise in the political arena. Instead … he broke rank … sided with Democrats and RINOs and furthered the agenda of an Islamic appeasing/Marxist Barack Obama. An utter betrayal!

    IMO … Marc Rubio’s reaching out to the Conservative base is all in vain. Ted Cruz’ words reveal the consequences going forward of the illegal immigration bill … the immigration bill that Rubio supported.

    Sen. Rubio Speaks About The Need For Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    July 26, 2013
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcRq_xgJIQY

    Sen. Ted Cruz Speaks in Support of his Amendment to Defund Obamacare
    06/25/2013
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26o-pAeu63w

  • Deerknocker

    Why on earth, in this era of red ink federal budgets, high unemployment, and serious military cutbacks, are American taxpayers being asked to pay 1.5 BILLION for vehicles for poor youngsters?

  • cathy

    Mark 8:36 – “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”

    When you consider Marc Rubio’s flip-flop on the illegal immigration issue … a flip-flop that conformed with the agenda of the Muslim appeasing/Marxist in the White House … it can be assumed that he was made an offer he could not refuse?

    Marco Rubio, 2009
    “I am strongly against amnesty. The most important thing we need to do is enforce our existing laws. We have existing immigration laws that are not being adequately enforced. Nothing will make it harder to enforce the existing laws, if you reward people who broke them. It demoralizes people who are going through the legal process, its a very clear signal of why go through the legal process, if you can accomplish the same thing if you go through the illegal process. And number two, if demoralizes the people enforcing the laws. I am not, and I will never support any effort to grant blanket legalization/amnesty to folks who have entered, stayed in this country illegally.”

    http://shark-tank.net/2013/01/28/marco-rubio-the-immigration-reform-savior-or-fraud/

  • cathy

    JANUARY 2013 – THE MARC RUBIO FLIP-FLOP

    Rubio-Obama immigration plan?
    Senator’s proposal looks like White House policy
    Wednesday, 01.16.13

    Not only do Rubio and Obama’s plans create a similar type of amnesty for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, the two politicians have used similar language.

    Here’s Obama unveiling his plan in May 2011, relatively little-reported at the time:

    “Those who are here illegally, they have a responsibility as well. So they broke the law, and that means they’ve got to pay their taxes, they’ve got to pay a fine, they’ve got to learn English. And they’ve got to undergo background checks and a lengthy process before they get in line for legalization. That’s not too much to ask.”

    Here’s Rubio in the Wall Street Journal on the undocumented:

    “They would have to come forward. They would have to undergo a background check…They would have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, maybe even do community service. They would have to prove they’ve been here for an extended period of time. They understand some English and are assimilated. Then most of them would get legal status and be allowed to stay in this country.”

    Read more:
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/16/3185077/rubio-obama-immigration-plan-senators.html#storylink=cpy

  • cathy

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Could it be that many of the12 million illegal immigrants are followers of Islam who entered the country via the Mexican border?

    LTC Allen West on Illegal Immigration
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • Barb3000

    All is not lost. Its unlikely that House will go along with this insane bill. I belong to numbersusa.com and the 1.5 million members have been calling their senators every day. Some listened and some didn’t I guess they don’t believe that their constituents will vote them out in 2014 the ones that are up for reelection. But they will if they can. This senate bill is not law without the House.

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  • geneww1938

    Those 14 RINOs have sold their souls to the One World folk for the false “American Dream” of power, wealth, fame, … and acquisition of possession and sinful lusts. Name one who is a God fearing person attending church when nobody else is noticing!

    These enemies to our Constitution and loyal patriots should be arrested for treason. They are corrupt!

  • sashamanda

    Please, everyone send Thank You emails or faxes to your senators and to Sessions and Cruz as well as to the leadership: McConnell, Thune, Cornyn who voted with us. (They were under tremendous pressure to cave.)
    Google the name or find the email here:
    http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

    Free faxes are available at NumbersUSA and FairUS
    We increase the likelihood that members will vote our way when we say “thanks.”

  • PowertodaPeople1848

    Let’s not forget that the *original* illegal immigrants to the Americas were white Europeans, who proceeded to either ethnically cleanse or outright genocide the natives of North America. Fast-forward half a millennium, and you have a predominantly white Republican Party racially demonizing Mexican “illegals,” who are descendants of the very people that the ancestors of GOP politicians drove off of their ancestral lands in the Southwest. By any reasonable logic, a migrant worker from Mexico has much more of a right to be living in Arizona than some gun-toting reactionary racist of European descent.

    • Can Do Math

      Just because “white Europeans” wiped out the Indians 200 + years ago is not reason enough to justify passing idiotic legislation today that keeps our borders wide open, drives unemployment up and wages down (CBO report). How holding that position is racist is beyond me. Amazing how the only game Dems know is racial politics. We are a nation of immigrants but also have the right to enforce our laws. Talk to any legal immigrant who has come here in the past 25 years and they are fuming at this legislation. It cheapens their accomplishment of obtaining citizenship the hard way.

  • Rsmile


    The measure “guarantees three things: immediate amnesty before security, permanent future illegal immigration, and a record surge in legal immigration that will reduce wages and increase unemployment,” Sessions said. “There will be no border fence, no border surge, nothing but the same tired illusory promises of future enforcement that will never occur. Americans have begged and pleaded time and again for Congress to end the lawlessness. But this amnesty-first bill is a surrender to lawlessness.”
    This is the plan of the UN Agenda 21 to eliminate our borders. Once they take that down then taking over our country is easy.

  • Jeffrey Orr

    I wish I was as smart as him.

  • spin43

    I invite Sen. Sessions to join the new FREEDOM PARTY.

  • fanlad

    The 14 Republican Senators that voted for this so called immigration bill, written by special interests and not even read and understood by them, need to be thrown out of the Senate at the next election opportunity. My dollars and efforts will go to their defeat. I consider them traitors to the Constitution, our Constitutional Republic, and the rule of law and common sense. Why, for example, would Senator Corker and others betray non-Hispanic minorities in their states? What back door deals have been made and promised to them?