Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has been staunchly opposed to amnesty deals for illegal immigrants, and against illegal immigration in general.
He tried to prevent the recent cuts to military retiree’s pension payments by closing a loophole in the welfare regulations that allowed illegal immigrants to claim benefits, to no avail.
He was very outspoken when a report came out detailing how DHS allowed nearly 70,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records to go free, rather than be deported.
Senator Sessions is now saying that President Obama has a “deliberate plan” to collapse the country’s law enforcement system in dealing with illegal immigration. Sessions made the comments as part of a speech on the Senate floor.
“Our law enforcement system is in a state of collapse, and it’s a deliberate plan by the president of the United States, and it’s wrong. And, people need to be aware of it and need to stand up to it and I believe the American people are beginning to do so.”
Sessions lays blame and criticism at the feet of both Attorney General Eric Holder and Vice President Joe Biden for their pro-amnesty positions and for aiding and abetting the President in his efforts.
“So, you come into the country illegally and the attorney general of the United States declares that these individuals have a civil right to amnesty. How can this possibly be: the chief law enforcement officer in America?”
“Vice President Biden recently said, quote: ‘You know, 11million people live in the shadows; I believe they’re already American citizens.’ Eleven million undocumented aliens are already Americans? Goodness. The vice president of the United States would make such a statement. It’s stunning beyond belief.”
Sessions goes on to discuss the phony deportation numbers that the Obama administration is touting, pointing out that nearly two-thirds of the “deportations” are really just apprehensions and turnbacks at the border, which historically don’t officially count as “deportations”. He also noted that actual deportation numbers from the interior of the country were down by nearly half.
Obviously, we don’t expect nor advocate total deportation of every single illegal immigrant in the United States. It is unrealistic and entirely unfeasible. That being said, we are certainly not in favor of a blanket amnesty either, which would only encourage more illegal immigration and totally undermine the rule of law.
Surely there is a compromise that can be reached somewhere in the middle, where there can be a civilized and rational debate about what to do with the 12+ million illegal immigrants already in the country. But that debate needs to wait to take place until after the border has been secured. You can’t figure out how to bail out a sinking boat until you’ve first plugged the leak.