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Senate Proceeding on Jun 1st, 2009 :: 3:09:00 to 3:29:45
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Jeff Sessions

3:08:53 to 3:09:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: quorum call: mr. sessions: madam president? the presiding senator from alabama. mr. sessions: i would ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sessions: i'm concerned by the reports of several news outlets that the implementation of executive

Jeff Sessions

3:09:00 to 3:29:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

3:09:16 to 3:09:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: mandates the use of e-verify for federal contractors and subcontractors for the federal government, is now being delayed again until september of this year. this is the fourth such delay this year, and i believe and am afraid that it signals that this

Jeff Sessions

3:09:37 to 3:09:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: administration is not serious about immigration enforcement, not even serious enough to utilize e we have in place. on january 28 of this year, president obama pushed back implementation of executive order 12989 to february 20. a few weeks later that

Jeff Sessions

3:09:58 to 3:10:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: implementation date was pushed back again to may 21. fryer to that date -- prior to that date implementation was pushed back to june 30.?? now various sources are reporting implementation will be delayed until sometime in september. e-verify is one of the most

Jeff Sessions

3:10:20 to 3:10:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: effecte tools a for protecting american jobs and should be made mandatory and permanent. i cannot imagine why it's not. instead, the administration yet again has decided to delay this program as it applies to feder contractors and that is people who do work for

Jeff Sessions

3:10:41 to 3:11:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the federal government. not every private business, just those who get jobs and money from the federal government to do contract work. the administration claims they need more time, but it's been five months already.

Jeff Sessions

3:11:02 to 3:11:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so, i was extremely disappointed when this senate's democratic members stripped the e-verify provisions from the final version of the automatic stimulus package without discussion or debate. i tried legislation in the senate that would have matched the house legislation that p think, unanimously virtually but

Jeff Sessions

3:11:24 to 3:11:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: an overwhelming majority in the house. it's sad that contractors, who get money out of the stimulus program from the federal government should at least use e-verify, this computer system, to determine whether or not the people they are hiring are legally in the country. not too m

Jeff Sessions

3:11:45 to 3:12:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and the hougs, house, as i said, passed it overwhelmingly. but every time i sought to bring it up, it was blocked by the democratic leadership. they didn't want to vote o it became pretty clear why. because if it was in the senate bill and the house bill, it would serbl in the final -- it conference report language and

Jeff Sessions

3:12:06 to 3:12:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: would become as long as they could keep it out of the senate bill when they went to conference, they could take the language that had been passed in the house out of the bill. that would be the compromise to eliminate the language. i warned that that would hpen. that's exactly what happened. we couldn't get a vote. if we had had a vote, i'm

Jeff Sessions

3:12:27 to 3:12:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: confident the senate would have voted to do this. so i'm concerned about it. i don't know what's going on here. so, the purpose of thetimulus bill was to put americans back to work. unemploy now we're hearing it will hit 10%.

Jeff Sessions

3:12:48 to 3:13:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that's a serious number, much higher than some were projecting. i think the obama administration's budget projected unemployment would be 8.1% or 8.5%. now we're above that, are saying we'll hit 10%. and so why would we want to use

Jeff Sessions

3:13:09 to 3:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: stimulus money that would pro -- that was promoted as a way to create jobs for americans and reduce unemployment in this time of recession, and not make se that that job went to the american citizens? so i think it's a matter of real serious import.

Jeff Sessions

3:13:30 to 3:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and i'm baffled by it, really. just briefly, e-verify is an online system operated jointly by homeland security and the social security administration. employers can check the work status of people who apply to work for them online by comparing information from the

Jeff Sessions

3:13:51 to 3:14:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: employee's i-9 application form against the social security and d.h.s. database. more than using thi 112,000 businesses are alrea using it. they want to they don't desire to hire

Jeff Sessions

3:14:12 to 3:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: somebody not legally in the country. and i think they should be congratulated for that. it also helps the employer because if it is found out later that an employee that they've hired is here illegally and they

Jeff Sessions

3:14:33 to 3:14:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: can be subject to government penalties, they can use this as a defense and say: i used the e-verify system. it didn't tell me that the person was they pro -- produced a document to me. i checked the number. it looked ok. they're protected. they have a safe harbor of government action against them

Jeff Sessions

3:14:55 to 3:15:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for hiring people illegal thrivment is a free and volunteer system. it is the best means for determing employment eligibility for the social security number. we have thousands of employees using bogus social security numbers to

Jeff Sessions

3:15:17 to 3:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: some have used t there arexamples of hundreds of people being hired under the same social security number. that ought to give somebody a clue. according to d.h.s., homeland security, 96% of the employees who are checked by businesses,

Jeff Sessions

3:15:40 to 3:16:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: they run this number through e-verify are cleared immediately. so this idea that large numbers of people are being blocked is not so. and if you're n can still be hired for a certain period of time temporarily until further vidation occurs to see

Jeff Sessions

3:16:01 to 3:16:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: if you've got a legitimate social security number and if you're legitimately in the country. and it's just working fine. this many companies wouldn't be using it if it were not. and i just want to say -- people

Jeff Sessions

3:16:22 to 3:16:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: don't like to talk about this. but let's be factual. the large number of illegal workers in this country are having a depressing effect on the standard of living of low-skilled americ particularly. the u.s.ommission on immigration reform chaired by

Jeff Sessions

3:16:45 to 3:17:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the late civil rights pioneer barbara jordan found -- quote -- "immigration of unskilled immigrants comes at a cost to unskilled u.s. workers." the cen studies has estimated that such immigration has reduced the wage of average native-born workers

Jeff Sessions

3:17:07 to 3:17:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in a 12% or almost $2,000 annually. harvard economist george borhaus, himself an immigrant from cuba, born in cuba, has studied this probably more than any other person, the whole source of issues on this.

Jeff Sessions

3:17:28 to 3:17:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: he's written a book on the subject. he has estimated him that graition in recent decades reduced the wai born workers without a also - high school degree by 8.2%. or is misner, two months ago, former head of immigration

Jeff Sessions

3:17:49 to 3:18:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: service under said that mandatory employer verification, that's what we're talking about through e-verify, mandatory employee -- must be the center. the e-verify system provides a valuable tool for employers who are

Jeff Sessions

3:18:11 to 3:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: law. e-verify also provides an opportunity to determine the best electronic means implement verification requirements. the administration should e-verify and expand the program. close quote.

Jeff Sessions

3:18:39 to 3:19:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: or is miz -- dori that a few months ago. alexander allenkauf, an official at i.n.s. under president clinton and the obama administration d.h.s. transition

Jeff Sessions

3:19:01 to 3:19:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: official, calls it a myth that -- quote -- "there is little or no competion between undocumented workers and american workers." close quote. and know our majority leader has written that he favors the e-verify program. he said this -- quote -- "i

Jeff Sessions

3:19:22 to 3:19:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: strongly believe tha in our country shouldo only to those who are authorized to work in the united states. that is why i strongly support programs like e-verify that are designed to ensure that employers only hire those who are legally authorized to work in the united states and believe we need to strengthen

Jeff Sessions

3:19:43 to 3:20:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: enforcement agast employers who knowingly hire individuals who are not authorized i support reauthorization of the e-verify program as well as immigration reform that has taught -- is fair to taxpayers and fair to

Jeff Sessions

3:20:06 to 3:20:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: close quote. that's senator reid's comments. it's time to get business yism let's do some of these things. -- busy. let's do some of these things. i know some who said that this is a that's not so. these are excuses put out by big businesses who are using workers, many of whom they have

Jeff Sessions

3:20:27 to 3:20:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: reason to believe, i would suggest, are illegal. they don't want to be checked. they don't want to have any checks. so there was a recent letter "the wall street journal" by mark powell, a human resource executive for a company. this is what he said about how

Jeff Sessions

3:20:50 to 3:21:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: hard it is to use this system. quote-"the e-verify program is free. it only takes a few minutes and it is less work than a car dealership would do credit score prior to selling a vehicle or letting you take a test drive." close quote. that's correct. he's right about that. how else can you explain the

Jeff Sessions

3:21:13 to 3:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: thousands of employers who voluntarily sign up to use the program? short-term extensions like what we're seeing today only discourage e-verify program since employers have no assurance that the program will even exist six months down the road. surely you will not be allowed to expire.

Jeff Sessions

3:21:36 to 3:21:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it will be unimaginable that it could. but it -- we're on the edge of that. when i offered legislation, and others have worked on the floor to try to make it permanent and extend it, we just have one roadblock after another. i just the strings around here. but i don't believe they're talking to the american people. i don't believe whoever it is

Jeff Sessions

3:21:58 to 3:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that's blocking this kind of activity is talking to the american people, talking to people with common sense. they must be talking with people who have special interest that aren't interested in a lawful system. t.j. bonner, who heads the border patrol officers association testified at

Jeff Sessions

3:22:19 to 3:22:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: judiciary committee and he'd said this many times, that one of the best things -- perhaps the best thing that he said that you can do to reduce the numbers of people that enter our country ille jobs magnet.

Jeff Sessions

3:22:42 to 3:23:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that draws those who come illegally. and he says there are a lot of things that can be done to eliminate that magnet and this is one of them. and so people don't come here and don't try to come into the country because they've learned that there are no jobs available, then for people to come into the country and then try to find jobs illegally and come across

Jeff Sessions

3:23:06 to 3:23:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: thacrossthe border. further delaying the implementation of this executive order is just not acceptable. and i believe, and i'm afr signals some sort of lack of commitment to enforce our immigration laws. you see, e-verify doe

Jeff Sessions

3:23:27 to 3:23:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: require anybody to be arrested. it dsn't require anybody to be deported. it doesn't require anything. it -- you just don't get the job. law enforcement officers aren't even called. the business checks the number to see if the person is validly here with a valid social security number, and if they receive information that the

Jeff Sessions

3:23:49 to 3:24:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: don't hire them. that's all that happens. how simple is that? it's just a good step, a modest step, but an important step. and we keep putting it off and keep rejecting the idea that even government contractors who get work from the government -- money from the government of the united states, they don't even

Jeff Sessions

3:24:11 to 3:24:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: have to use the program. really we need to have every employer in america using the program. that's where we should be going. that's the policy we should be pursuing. if we are at all serious about dealing with the matter. there has been some good news.

Jeff Sessions

3:24:32 to 3:24:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the good news is that last year or within officials at the border arrested only 770,000 people entering our country illegally. a couple of years ago it 1.1 million arrested. how many get by?

Jeff Sessions

3:24:54 to 3:25:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and the reason this is occurring and has occurred, in my opinion, and i've studied it a good bit, is that we have inadvertently, perhaps intentionally, sent messages around the world that our border is open as long as we have a willing worker and

Jeff Sessions

3:25:16 to 3:25:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: willing employer, president bush said, almost said i'm ok with it. well, that's not right. is it? we have good people every day apply to come to our country and to come to enter our country. and some of them have to wait line. and they so difully.

Jeff Sessions

3:25:38 to 3:25:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but large numbers are just ignoring that because somehow they've gotten the impression we actually don't care at all. so we stepped up we'll built some nearly what was committed to be built, but we built some. we're doing better. the -- we're prosecuting some of the people who entered the

Jeff Sessions

3:25:59 to 3:26:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: country illegally. and that's worked dramatically i don't mean long times in jail, but a prosecution for a misdemeanor, they serve a little time if they've got a conviction, if they come back, they've got a felony. so that's working. so you do those kind of things and it makes a big difference. if you can make the e-verify system a part of what we d

Jeff Sessions

3:26:21 to 3:26:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: this country, every every business and, for goodness sake, government business, if we do that, that will further send a signal to the -- our country is not open to illegal entry. if you want to come, come under the normal, lawful process. it's so important that

Jeff Sessions

3:26:43 to 3:27:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: reestablish the rule of law when it comes to immigration in our country. we are a nation of immigrants. we're the most generous nation, i think, in the world for allowing people to come here. but there has to be some limit on those numbers. and there has to be -- it has to be done in an orderly fashion, a

Jeff Sessions

3:27:04 to 3:27:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: lawful fashion. if you don't have order lawfulness at our border and you have huge numbers coming through every year, then it undermines respect for law and sends a signal worldwide that -- that we're not serious. so i think we're makin some progress.

Jeff Sessions

3:27:26 to 3:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we need to get e-verify going. it needs to it needs to be made available for every business. and every business that does business wh thenited states government should use it it and pretty soon every business in america should use it.

Jeff Sessions

3:27:47 to 3:28:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: have taken a big step toward assuring even mean what we say and that we're going to establish a so we need these -- some say we need these workers. let's talk about a good guest work program that will actually work and we can allow people to come legally ifhat is critically important.

Jeff Sessions

3:28:08 to 3:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: when your unemployment rate is going over 20 years, then maybe we -- we don't need as many people coming into our country as some people have said we do. but regardless,here ought to be a mechanism for allowing temporary workers to come. the number allowed to come

Jeff Sessions

3:28:30 to 3:28:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: should serve interest. and we ought not to allow the large number that are now coming illegally to come and to be able to successfully take jobs that americans need right now. madam president, i tha the chair for allowing me to share these thoughts.

Jeff Sessions

3:28:51 to 3:29:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: maybe these reports are not correct, but since we've seen happen several times already, the program, e-verify being delayed, i think it's important that the american people know that something is not going well here.

Jeff Sessions

3:29:12 to 3:29:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: andhat opportunity to make their heard and maybe we can somehow sway get this e-verify program made permanent and workable. i would thank the chair and

Jeff Sessions

3:29:43 to 3:29:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: yield the floor. mr. sessions: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the

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