Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSessions: Trump 'wrestling' with immigration issue Cotton: Clinton Foundation having 'fire sale' for access Immigration reformers rip Trump's Hispanic outreach as a lost cause MORE (R-Ala.) blasted the Obama administration’s immigration policies, saying it supports “amnesty.”
“Immigration policies of President Obama and Congressional Democrats help only billionaire special interests, amnesty activists, and the citizens of other countries — while reducing jobs and pay for our own,” Sessions wrote in on op-ed for Fox News on Sunday.
Sessions has applauded House inaction, saying the immigration reform bill would have harmed the U.S. economy and workers already facing high unemployment rates.
The Obama administration has announced that after the elections it would issue an executive order allowing nearly 5 million immigrants to remain in the United States on worker visas — many have U.S. children.
“These orders, planned for after the election, would implement by executive fiat the sweeping amnesty that was rejected by the Republican House,” Sessions wrote. “If the president’s promised executive amnesty goes through, we will functionally have open borders in America. But the citizens of this country, through their vote, have the power to stop it.”
Sessions said if Republicans control the Senate next year, they would vote to stop Obama’s executive actions. Republicans need to flip six seats to become the majority party in the Senate. Several vulnerable Democrats face tough reelection races in conservative states in Tuesday’s midterm election.