Sessions: Obama's Executive Amnesty Is 'Against the Law'

By Susan Jones | November 13, 2014 | 6:03am EST

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with "aspiring citizens,” U.S. citizen family members of ‘undocumented immigrants,’ and some who have received ‘Deferred Action’ in the Oval Office, May 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo/Pete Souza)

( - "The President has no authority to do this. It's against the law," Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Wednesday night, after Fox News reported that President Obama will grant temporary legal status to some 4.5 million illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children next week.

By vastly expanding temporary amnesty to millions more illegal aliens, President Obama is doing explicitly what Congress has refused to do, Sessions said. He called it a "threat to the constitutional order."

"Let's be clear, immigration officers have told us that if this goes through, it will be almost impossible to enforce the law in the future,"  Sessions told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Wednesday night.

Expert economists have told us if we bring in more and more people lawfully into our country, giving them the right to take jobs -- and every one of these individuals are going to be given a photo ID, a Social Security number and the right to take a job in America, jobs that too few exist and too many Americans are looking for. It's just the wrong policy and will incentivize more illegality in the future."

Then there's the question -- who are these people?

"First and foremost, there's no way to prove who are parents and who have been here for how long," Sessions said. "They may have just come in the country last week. Maybe they're coming into the country because they have children in America and they come across the border to be with them and claim that they've been here for a longer period of time.

"If nobody's going to do investigations on this, nobody is going to check it. We're going to be adding five million older adults to our population. They'll be entitled to all kinds of rights and privileges...And as they get older and become ill, United States government is not going to turn their health care away. They're going to be treated and taken care of. There's no evidence that they have job skills or education or training like a good sound immigration policy would do."

Sessions, the incoming chair of the Budget Committee, says there must be no funding for President Obama's executive amnesty, including the printing of ID cards. "We don't want to fund the ability to present ID cards and checks on these individuals and give them legal status."

Although refusal to fund the executive order probably won't solve the problem, it would be a "big, strong step," Sessions said.

"And it would make this almost impossible to accomplish and also would reflect the will of the American people. It was reported by one good, recognized pollster that 80 percent of the people voting in this past election in exit polling said they opposed executive amnesty. Congress has opposed it. The American people have opposed it. And the president persists unilaterally to do it anyway. And Congress can stop it and must stop it, in my opinion. Really a threat to the constitutional order."

Also See:

Sen. Jeff Sessions: Congress Must Prohibit Funding for Unilateral Obama Amnesty (Nov. 7, 2014)

Cruz, Lee Threaten 'Procedural' War on Senate Floor to Stop 'Lawless Amnesty' (Nov. 5, 2014)

Obama Says He Will Unilaterally Legalize Illegal Aliens (Sept. 6, 2014)

'Dreamer' Kids Urge Leniency for Their Illegal Alien Parents (May 16, 2014)

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