“The consequences are simply too profound for American workers and taxpayers to rush through some thousand-page amnesty bill to passage only to find out what’s in it later. Such an approach would violate the fundamental principles of our democratic Republic”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today as he released a letter from Ranking Republican Member Chuck Grassley and Judiciary Committee Republicans Orrin Hatch, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz to Chairman Patrick Leahy on immigration reform. In their letter, the Senators warn against rushing a massive bill with far-reaching implications through committee without carefully examining the legislation through hearings and open public debate:
“We have an obligation to adopt an immigration policy that serves the national interest, not the special interests—whether those special interests are open-borders advocacy groups, large corporations, or the political establishment. In order to serve the national interest, it is imperative that the Judiciary Committee fulfill its responsibility to review, scrutinize, and independently judge any immigration bill we consider. We have heard many promises before only to see the text of the bill fails to live up to those promises.
The process must be open and the public must be heard. A sound process in committee will take months, not weeks. And we’d be better off taking a step-by-step approach than trying to deal with these complex and emotional issues in one massive piece of legislation. And, contrary to the wisdom in Washington circles, our first and highest priority must be to establish lawfulness at the border and within the country. The consequences are simply too profound for American workers and taxpayers to rush through some thousand-page amnesty bill to passage only to find out what’s in it later. Such an approach would violate the fundamental principles of our democratic Republic.”