Sen. Sessions: Dems’ Immigration Reform Policy Is to ‘Foment More Lawlessness’

August 4, 2014 - 11:16 AM

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), center, flanked by Hans Marsen, left, an immigrant from England, and Niger Innis with TheTeaParty.Net. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, said the Senate bill offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and his Democratic colleagues does not “do one thing to fix” the current problems of the U.S. immigration system.

“Is the Senate bill that’s offered by Senator Reid and our Democratic colleagues with the blessings of the president, does it do one thing to fix one of these problems? Zero. They have no intention of fixing these problems,” Sessions said. “They don’t want to fix these problems. “This is their policy to foment more lawlessness and to see that the laws are undermined in such a way they can’t be effectively enforced.”

Sessions read a statement by Kenneth Palinkas, president of the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) Council, who came out in opposition of the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill in 2013, talking about the pressures CIS officers faced to “rubberstamp” immigration applications.

“The culture at USCIS encourages all applications to be approved, discouraging proper investigation into red flags and discouraging the denial of any applications. USCIS has been turned into an approval machine,” Palinkas wrote in his 2013 statement.

“These dedicated folks at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. These are the people who would have to process all of these millions of applicants if the president issues his order,” Sessions said, referring to President Barack Obama’s plan to issue an executive order after Labor Day to provide amnesty to illegals through a work authorization program.

“Does anyone really know how serious this is? It’s amazing that we would undermine the very integrity really of the entire process, and that’s why they protested,” said Sessions. “That’s why they’ve come forward. It hurts them. They feel bad to see the great law of the United States being routinely eviscerated.”

“‘USCIS has created an almost insurmountable bureaucracy, which often prevents USCIS adjudications officers from contacting and coordinating with ICE agents, who know something about these people perhaps, and officers in cases that should have their involvement,” Palinkas said at the time.

“USCIS officers are pressured to approve visa applications for many individuals ICE officers have determined should be placed into deportation proceedings,” Palinkas added.

“What a devastating critique! Does anyone care? Has the president done one thing to respond to these allegations? Is the Senate bill that’s offered by Senator Reid and our Democratic colleagues with the blessings of the president, does it do one thing to fix one of these problems? Zero. They have no intention of fixing these problems,” said Sessions.

“They don’t want to fix these problems. This is their policy to foment more lawlessness and to see that the laws are undermined in such a way they can’t be effectively enforced,” said Sessions. “It’s just wrong, colleagues. We need, Republicans and Democrats need to stand up to this.”