By Joel Gehrke — January 16, 2015 6:33 PM
Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) urged colleagues not to oppose the House-passed legislation blocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, warning that Congress will be “a museum piece” if they do.
“A vote against the House bill is a vote to turn the Congress into a museum piece,” Sessions said Friday following a congressional retreat in which it become apparent that Republicans are nervous about using the Department of Homeland Security funding as leverage to stop the immigration policies. “A ‘no’ vote is to acquiesce to the greatest erosion of Congress’ lawmaking authority in my lifetime. A ‘no’ vote is a vote to leave our immigration system vulnerable to the most dangerous extremists. A ‘no’ vote is a vote to further erode Americans’ chances of getting a job, raise, or promotion.”
Sessions reminded colleagues that Congress refused to pass laws providing the benefits that Obama is conferring unilaterally on people in the country illegally.
“President Obama’s executive amnesty erases the immigration laws we do have in order to impose on the nation the very immigration measures Congress rejected,” he said.