Senator Sessions was one of the few heroes during the frantic effort for amnesty during Bush’s last term. He was, and remains, a voice of reason on the issue. Here he is today commenting from the floor of the Senate on the problem with the new effort to raise amnesty from the dead.

Via RCP.

Speaking on the Senate floor today, Sen. Sessions explained that one of the lessons learned from the 2006-2007 amnesty push was that the laws on the books must be enforced before any other conversations can be had. He revealed that the Obama Administration has been systematically dismantling existing law; for example, there is a “public charge” prohibition–in other words, visa applicants cannot come to the United States if they are deemed likely to need welfare assistance–that has been almost completely ignored by President Obama’s DHS.

Ana Must-Read: Over at NRO, Heather MacDonald has this piece on the Senate’s Amnesty “Gang of 8,” and just how awful their proposal really is.

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  1. Alain41 says:

    Another example of what no budget does to the country. The way that checks and balances are supposed to work here is; if the Congress finds out that the Executive Branch is ignoring a law, then the Congress threatens to defund or actually does defund the Executive Agency until it corrects itself. With no budget, Obama can just hand out money to the agencies as long as he is below the debt limit. Eg, no budget means Congress loses its most effective enforcement mechanism.

  2. Maynard says:

    The WSJ editorial, “Immigration Breakout”, is an interesting overview. It’s worth reading to appreciate some of the nuances in play, although probably many of you will be far more suspicious and less sympathetic to any sort of “reform”. But in any case, keep your eye on the ball. The partisan Democrat push will be to grant quick citizenship with plenty of benefits coming soon, and probable union membership; Republicans seeking “compromise” will allow a slow track for citizenship, with restricted benefits, and also a flexible guest worker program. The WSJ take — you can accept this or not — is that the “gang of 8” was actually showing some flexibility on both sides, and thus the WSJ found the process encouraging. As the ball passes into Obama’s court, the WSJ question is whether the president will seek a workable compromise, or whether he’ll do his “no compromise” thing and either gain complete victory or, failing that, scuttle the process and blame Republicans.

    My feelings about the immigrant situation are sort of like my feelings about taxes. As long as spending isn’t controlled and illegal immigrants enter the country freely, then it doesn’t matter whether the taxes are raised or immigration law is “reformed”. Low taxes and laws against illegal entry don’t mean a thing if the money is being spent and the borders aren’t controlled. If we’re not a nation of laws but a nation of whims of the oligarchy, then the laws don’t matter. That’s the heart of our problem.

  3. Kitten says:

    Too bad more GOP don’t feel the way Sen. Sessions does. If the current laws aren’t being enforced now, why will they be later? They won’t. The ICE Director is a political hack doing OBummer’s bidding, which is why he’s being sued by his own officers. Pathetic.

  4. Alain41 says:

    This try for shamnesty likely has been planned for some time. I hope Krauthammer was unwittingly used (assuming that he was used) on his idea of take small bites when dealing with the economic issue. Repubs. ‘signed onto that approach’ (I think it was their original plan) and announced that debt limit discussion will be postponed for 3 months. Obama reluctantly said that he wouldn’t oppose such a move. So Repubs. can claim that they immediately dealth with the financial issue as best they can (by postponing for 3 months) and now they have free time to address some other important issue, which they should address with a happy face regardless of whatever the issue is. My distrust of the Republican establishment has just turned into loathing.

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