Sen. Sessions: Americans ‘Are In Revolt’ Over Immigration and Trade

By Penny Starr | March 10, 2016 | 2:48pm EST

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) 

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( – Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said on Thursday that the American people have grown increasingly concerned about U.S. immigration and trade policies, and the failure of politicians in Washington to address these issues.

“I think the concern about trade has expanded,” Sessions said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “I think the concern about immigration has expanded.”

“And the American people, as Newt Gingrich said not too long ago, are in revolt,” Sessions said.

“They’ve asked their politicians to fix the immigration system for 30 years and they’ve refused,” Sessions said at the event, sponsored by Americans for Limited Government (ALG). “They’ve expressed concern for 30 years over trade.”

“And the politicians have refused to respond,” he said.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)  is a trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim countries signed on Feb. 4, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, after seven years of negotiations, mostly behind closed doors, and has not been approved and put into force by the involved parties.

Congress has granted Obama "fast-track" authority over the deal, which allows lawmakers to either reject or ratify the agreement, without amendments.

Sessions spoke out at the event against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) advanced by President Barack Obama. He argued that TPP is not in the best interest of the country or American workers, and he urged Congress not to take up TPP until after the November elections.

“So is this some blind, irrational Nativist complaint?” Sessions said. “Or is it really true that the trade agreements that are being negotiated, aren’t effectively protecting American interests?”

ALG President Rick Manning distributed a statement to reporters about a poll it commissioned showing that once voters are informed about TPP, they strongly oppose the agreement, and that Republicans, often thought of as the party for free trade, most strongly oppose it.

“This collapse in support is directly related to rejection of corporate cronyism that has permeated Washington, D.C. and should again serve as a wake-up call to every GOP member of Congress that business as usual is over,” Manning said.

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