Sessions ‘challenges’ Obama to talk immigration at SOTU

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) “challenged” President Obama to recognize at the State of the Union Tuesday that his immigration policies have harmed working class Americans. 

“If the president wishes to demonstrate a sincere concern for America workers than he must address the negative impact his immigration policies are having on workers right now,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Monday. “I challenge him to talk about that.”

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Sessions’ comments came amid reports that Obama will focus on policies aimed to help unemployed and low-income Americans at the State of the Union address scheduled for Tuesday evening.

The Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill last year, but House Republicans have refused to take up that bill. Sessions’ applauded their decision and has been an ardent critic of increasing immigration.

“How does the president think it would help American workers advance to the middle class to double the number of immigrant workers?” Sessions said. “The Republican House must stand up and expose the president’s disastrous policies.”

Sessions said the immigration bill puts corporations ahead of U.S. workers, but providing cheaper immigrant labor through visa programs.  He said at a time when unemployment hovers around 7 percent, the U.S. should not be encouraging more people to come to the country seeking work.

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