(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is speaking out against the “Gang of Eight’s” legislation that he said will create an open border and promise amnesty to people who are in the country illegally.
The bill – endorsed by Republicans from the Gang of Eight, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – will hamper law enforcement’s ability to enforce existing U.S. immigration law.
“If they can’t effectively enforce the laws we have, then we can be sure they won’t be enforced in the future,” Sessions told CNSNews.com. “And we’ll be back with an unfortunate flow of illegal immigrants into the country and be faced with these same choices again.
“And when you do that, you’ve basically created an open border situation,” Session said. “You’ve basically said we’re not going to effectively stop you from coming in illegally.
“We’re not going to effectively deport you if we apprehend you when you’re here illegally, and pretty soon we’ll give you amnesty,” he said.
Sessions said unfettered immigration is not good for the country.
“That’s an unhealthy process for a great nation,” Sessions said. “A great nation like the United States needs to have an honorable, decent immigration policy that allows immigration flow to the country but that serves our national interest and is according to a lawful process that we can be proud of.”
He said Americans want “decent” immigration laws.
“And we don’t have that,” Sessions said. “That’s what the American people want.
“They’ve been asking for it repeatedly for 40 years, and it has not been delivered by their politicians, and to that degree, they have a right to be upset with us,” Sessions said.