Sen. Jeff Sessions blasted President Obama’s immigration policy saying, “President Obama is just flat out refusing to enforce basic law that’s been on the books sometimes for a decade.”
Sessions, appearing on “The Kelly File” Monday with Shannon Bream, stated, “basically, utilizing existing law, we can make huge differences and reduce this illegality and create a system that serves the national interest.”
Sessions is helping craft Donald Trump’s plan for fixing illegal immigration in America.
Bream: Well senator, so much of what you talk about and what you’ve outlined is enforcement. Things already in place. Portions of the law that don’t get enforced or they’re relaxed. Or other proposal that’s have been out there like E-Verify. Other thing that can’t seem to get across the threshold. So why do you think it will be any different? Whether it’s Donald Trump or somebody else as president pushing these ideas. You know your colleagues and how difficult it will be to get these passed.
Sessions: Well you don’t have to pass a lot of laws. Some smart legislation would help, no doubt about it. And I think if a president is elected on the promise to fix the border, and illegality, the American people will insist that reasonable laws get passed. But basically, utilizing existing law, we can make huge differences and reduce this illegality and create a system that serves the national interest. President Obama is just flat out refusing to enforce basic law that’s been on the books sometimes for a decade.
Bream: Yeah, and senator before we’re out of time, I know one of the biggest attractions to you, for this plan is the focus on the American worker. The problem that it is H-1B visas going to oversee skilled workers. When we have people graduating with the skills here in the U.S. How do you think you can get anything accomplished whether with Donald Trump’s help or a different president?
Sessions: I think we’ve already got bipartisan support that would support a plan like Trump’s to fix this H-1B program. And you got to know, one thing I like about his plan, he emphasizes how this unlawful flow, huge flow of immigration is hammering poor people. African-Americans, Hispanics who are here, struggling to get a higher wage and a better promotion at work. They are being hurt by current law and I think he is correct to say we can help them if we do it right.