Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidFranken emerges as liberal force in hearings GOP eyes new push to break up California court The DC bubble is strangling the DNC MORE (D-Nev.) is expected to bring the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act to the floor next month.
Sessions, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, has complained that the bill would provide amnesty for illegal residents before strengthening border enforcement and harm U.S. workers already affected by high unemployment rates.
“In exchange for a path to citizenship demanded by interest groups on the left, the bill irresponsibly surges the number of nonimmigrant low-skill and high-skill guest workers and permanent future immigration, including nonmerit-based chain migration, at a time when a record number of Americans have exited the labor force,” Sessions said.
His latest criticism of the bill came after the union representing professional and technical engineers announced opposition to the bill, which increases the number of H-1B visas for workers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
“Congress should listen to the warning from the engineers’ union about the Gang of Eight immigration bill,” Sessions said. “The union notes that ‘It is not appropriate or fair for politicians to trade the jobs of American workers — in this case STEM workers — in exchange for a path to citizenship’ — which is essentially the deal that has been struck not only for tech companies, but for the entire business lobby.”
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Senate floor work on the immigration bill is expected to start the week of June 10.
“Whether the interests of the American people are answered in the coming days — or ignored — will be an important test of our Democracy.”