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    April 19, 2006

    FAIR Applauds Senator Sessions' Stand to Protect American Workers in Senate Immigration Debate


    Washington, DC"”The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the nation's oldest and most influential immigration reform organization, applauds the efforts of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for his critical role in blocking an ill-conceived and damaging illegal alien amnesty and guest worker program. In the weeks leading up to the Easter recess, the U.S. Senate, spurred by pressure from the White House and an assortment of special interest groups, appeared to be rushing headlong to approve legislation that would grant amnesty to some 12 million illegal aliens, create a massive new guest worker program, and dramatically increase the level of legal immigration to the U.S.

    While the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee candidly admitted that many of the details of the bill being considered had not been worked out, and that the costs, labor market, and social impacts of the legislation had not even been evaluated, they were nevertheless determined to bring the bill to vote by the full Senate. As one of the leading members of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Sessions organized an effective bipartisan coalition that prevented two bills that would have done irreparable harm to American workers and homeland security from reaching the floor.

    "Without Senator Sessions' leadership and calm voice of reason, it is highly likely that the Senate would have moved forward with an unpopular, irresponsible and unworkable amnesty and guest worker bill," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "Thanks to his efforts behind the scenes and in front of the national media, the full implications of this hastily constructed and ill-advised legislation at least have a chance to be scrutinized by the American public, the media, and perhaps even the senators who will be voting on it."

    Senator Sessions offered a viable alternative to the amnesty/guest worker proposals that stalled in the Senate earlier this month. Sessions, along with Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), authored a comprehensive immigration enforcement bill that would allow this country to regain control of its borders and immigration policies. That Senate bill includes many of the same provisions already approved by the House, clearing the way for immediate and long overdue action to enforce U.S. immigration laws.

    "Thankfully, there is a strong leader in the Senate who rejects the idea of rewarding tens of millions of law breakers, while offering another set of empty promises to the American public that is justifiably alarmed about our chaotic immigration system," said Stein. "The American public is not expecting miracles. They understand that after decades of neglect it is going to take time and commitment on the part of our national leadership to halt mass illegal immigration and to convince many millions who are here illegally to leave. Senator Sessions recognizes that that can only happen if we enforce our laws, not by rewarding the people who break them.

    "Thanks to the efforts of people like Jeff Sessions the Senate has an opportunity to deliver a down payment on the type of comprehensive immigration reform that the American public is owed, when they reconvene next week," Stein said. "The American public will be watching closely."

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    April 19, 2006

    FAIR Applauds Senator Sessions' Stand to Protect American Workers in Senate Immigration Debate


    Washington, DC"”The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the nation's oldest and most influential immigration reform organization, applauds the efforts of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for his critical role in blocking an ill-conceived and damaging illegal alien amnesty and guest worker program. In the weeks leading up to the Easter recess, the U.S. Senate, spurred by pressure from the White House and an assortment of special interest groups, appeared to be rushing headlong to approve legislation that would grant amnesty to some 12 million illegal aliens, create a massive new guest worker program, and dramatically increase the level of legal immigration to the U.S.

    While the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee candidly admitted that many of the details of the bill being considered had not been worked out, and that the costs, labor market, and social impacts of the legislation had not even been evaluated, they were nevertheless determined to bring the bill to vote by the full Senate. As one of the leading members of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Sessions organized an effective bipartisan coalition that prevented two bills that would have done irreparable harm to American workers and homeland security from reaching the floor.

    "Without Senator Sessions' leadership and calm voice of reason, it is highly likely that the Senate would have moved forward with an unpopular, irresponsible and unworkable amnesty and guest worker bill," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "Thanks to his efforts behind the scenes and in front of the national media, the full implications of this hastily constructed and ill-advised legislation at least have a chance to be scrutinized by the American public, the media, and perhaps even the senators who will be voting on it."

    Senator Sessions offered a viable alternative to the amnesty/guest worker proposals that stalled in the Senate earlier this month. Sessions, along with Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), authored a comprehensive immigration enforcement bill that would allow this country to regain control of its borders and immigration policies. That Senate bill includes many of the same provisions already approved by the House, clearing the way for immediate and long overdue action to enforce U.S. immigration laws.

    "Thankfully, there is a strong leader in the Senate who rejects the idea of rewarding tens of millions of law breakers, while offering another set of empty promises to the American public that is justifiably alarmed about our chaotic immigration system," said Stein. "The American public is not expecting miracles. They understand that after decades of neglect it is going to take time and commitment on the part of our national leadership to halt mass illegal immigration and to convince many millions who are here illegally to leave. Senator Sessions recognizes that that can only happen if we enforce our laws, not by rewarding the people who break them.

    "Thanks to the efforts of people like Jeff Sessions the Senate has an opportunity to deliver a down payment on the type of comprehensive immigration reform that the American public is owed, when they reconvene next week," Stein said. "The American public will be watching closely."

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    • #3
      This is really a GREAT topic!! Thanks

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      • #4
        Considering that FAIRUS wants to practically eliminate both legal and illegal immigration though their "immigration time-out" policy, I would consider any support to a Congressional representative as a nightmare in disguise.
        "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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