Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said President Obama’s administration has failed to enforce U.S. immigration law and therefore created an “open borders” situation.
“This is open borders,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “If you get past the border and into the interior ... then you can just stay. This cannot be the policy of the United States of America.”
“They say openly that we’re not going to deport people except those that commit serious crimes, which apparently does not include DUI,” Sessions said. “Ninety-four percent of the people removed were either those caught crossing the border or those who committed a serious crime.”
The Obama administration has touted deportation numbers higher than any other president, but Sessions said they are deliberately misleading in the way they count deportations.
The administration has said it will not deport children brought into the country by their parents without documentation, called Dreamers by some. And more recently Obama suggested he would expand that deferred action program.
The Senate passed bipartisan immigration reform last year, but the House has refused to act. Sessions has applauded the House’s inaction, saying more immigration harms struggling U.S. workers.