Monday, February 9, 2015
The new chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), wasted no time in advertising his antipathy towards immigrants. Shortly after assuming his post, Sessions released an “Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority.”
The handbook, which consistently claims that immigrants hurt citizen workers and the middle class, includes sections entitled
Immigration and the Economy
Immigration and the Welfare State
Immigration Polling and Messaging
The Silicon Valley STEM Hoax
The handbook concludes as follows:
"The immigration debate can be reduced to three essential questions:
Is America a sovereign nation that has the right to control its borders and decide who comes to live and work here?
Should American immigration laws serve the just interests of the country and its citizens?
And do those citizens have the right to expect and demand that the laws passed by their elected representatives be enforced?
If we believe the answers to these questions are "yes," then we have no choice but to fight—and to win."
Immigration Impact notes that, "in only 23 pages, managed to distill just about every fact-free sound bite ever conceived by the nativist imagination. From Tea Party mythology about President Obama’s executive action on immigration to old fables about immigrants on `welfare,' the Sessions document runs the gamut of anti-immigrant errors, distortions, and fabrications." However one looks at the Sessions handbook, it does not bode well for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform in the near future.
Why were we elected, if not to serve the people who sent us here?"