While most Washington politicians seem to have forgotten the voters that sent them there, one Republican Senator apparently has not. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) looks like a bull elephant standing in a herd or rhinos with his newly released roadmap for the GOP to follow on immigration reform, a 26 page document called the Immigration Handbook For The New Republican Majority. Usually people fall asleep reading any document put together by a member of Congress, but I think many people would actually be excited by reading this one. If nothing else, every voter in America should read the introduction, and then make some phone calls to your Congressmen.
The plan by Sen. Sessions makes a strong case for the need for serious immigration reform, but it clearly draws a distinction between his brand of reform and legislation that has been promoted by the pro-amnesty lobby in Washington:
“Immigration reform” may be the single most abused phrase in the English language. It has become a legislative honorific almost exclusively reserved for proposals which benefit everyone but actual American citizens.
Consider the recent Obama-backed “immigration reform” bill rejected by Congress. That bill – the culmination of a $1.5 billion lobbying effort – doubled the influx of foreign workers to benefit corporate lobbyists, offered sweeping amnesty to benefit illegal immigrants, and collapsed enforcement to benefit groups in the Democrat political machine that advocate open borders.
But for American citizens, the legislation offered nothing except lower wages, higher unemployment, and a heavier tax burden.
Doesn’t that sound like someone who actually gets it? What is genuinely amazing about this is that rather than this being just a campaign speech designed to appeal to voters, the handbook was written to be read by Senate Republicans.
While laying out the case for immigration reform, Sessions rips apart the pro-amnesty lobby’s argument for more immigrant workers, and exposes the real reason Silicon Valley CEOs are so intent on bringing in more foreign workers at the expense of qualified American workers:
It is understandable why large technology firms push the discredited STEM myth – a loose labor market for IT and STEM jobs keeps pay low, allows for substantial turnover without having to retain older employees with increased compensation, and provides a PR basis for the industry’s immigration lobbying campaign. What is not understandable is why they have gotten away with it for so long.
The handbook also makes the case that tackling the subject of immigration reform will put the GOP in a much stronger position with American voters, contrary to the narrative promoted by the pro-amnesty crowd:
The largest untapped constituency is American politics are the 300 million America citizens who have been completely left out of the immigration debate. Speak to that constituency – with clarity and compassion – and change the issue forever.
This document makes it very clear that immigration reform is urgently necessary, and that it can be done using common sense. It also raises two very important questions. The first was asked by Sen. Sessions at the conclusion of his handbook:
Why were we elected, if not to serve the people who sent us here?
The second question is mine – why is Sen. Sessions almost alone in this effort?