Sen. Sessions: House Border Bill Is 'Surrender to a Lawless President'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 29, 2014 | 5:19 PM EDT

Today, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) slammed both the president's plan to use executive action to grant amnesty to illegal aliens - and his House colleagues' plan to allow it.

"The Obama Administration has openly declared its plan to implement a unilateral executive amnesty for 5-6 million more illegal immigrants. This unlawful amnesty-urged on by congressional Democrats-would include work permits, taking jobs directly from millions of struggling American citizens."

Sessions deems the House border package to be "surrender to a lawless president":

"That the House leaders' border package includes no language on executive actions is surrender to a lawless President. And it is a submission to the subordination of congressional power."

The plan would expedite asylum, instead of removal, for illegal aliens, Sessions said:

"There are other grave concerns with the Granger package as well: because it does not fix our asylum rules and loopholes, the end result of the additional judges and hearings will be more illegal immigrants gaining asylum and access to U.S. welfare. It is a plan for expedited asylum, not expedited removal."

Sen. Sessions warned that such a package would open the door to even greater open door policies:

"A package that is silent on blocking amnesty creates an opportunity for Senate Democrats to add elements of their party's open borders and mass immigration agenda."