Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSessions: Some judges ‘using the law to advance an agenda’ Sessions on Flynn: ‘You don’t catch everything’ House panel refers Clinton server company for prosecution MORE (R-Ala.) demanded that the Senate block President Obama from changing immigration laws through “executive fiat.”
“The Senate must vote on the House-passed measure to stop these unlawful actions,” Sessions said Wednesday. “Any senator who fails to request such a vote is complicit in these planned actions.”
“These planned executive actions would nullify our laws, invite a massive new wave of unimpeded illegality, and strip the American people of their lawful right to have their jobs and communities protected,” Sessions said. “This must be stopped.”
Before adjourning for the August recess, the House passed an immigration funding measure that, among other things, would stop the administration from issuing any more deferred action on deportations.
The House bill also went after Obama’s 2012 executive order to defer the deportation of “Dreamers” — undocumented immigrant children brought to the United States by their parents before 2007.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) said the House bill couldn’t pass in the Senate. Sessions said Reid was blocking the Senate from holding a vote on the House measure.
“It is true that Majority Leader Reid is blocking it from a vote,” Sessions said. “But Reid acts only with the blessing of his members in the Democrat conference — so the American people have the power to force it to a vote through their elected senators.”
Republicans need to gain at least six Senate seats in the midterm election to take the majority away from Democrats.