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Senate Proceeding on Dec 6th, 2010 :: 1:53:40 to 2:11:35
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Jeff Sessions

1:53:19 to 1:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: quorum call: mr. sessions: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: i would ask quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sessions: and i would ask consent to be able to speak for up to 25 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sessions: mr. president, i understand that it's likely that the majority leader will seek to

Jeff Sessions

1:53:40 to 2:11:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

1:53:41 to 1:54:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: bring up the dream act in a day or two. this is a very bad piece of legislation and it's being presented at a time when we have massive illegality at our borders. one of the fundamental thing that separates america from the other nations of the world is our commitment to the rule of

Jeff Sessions

1:54:02 to 1:54:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: law. we enforce our contracts and our statutes. we punish corruption. one of the great advantages this nation has overothers is the degree -- over others is the degree to which there's integrity in our process here. we protect the rights and privileges of citizenship.

Jeff Sessions

1:54:23 to 1:54:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: webwe know that one of our most unique and valuable characteristics is our legal system. law is a necessary condition for a free society. freedom cannot flourish in chaos. prosperity can't rise in an uncertain environment. yet we've allowed our borders to descend into chaos and lawlessness. for decades, we've failed to

Jeff Sessions

1:54:44 to 1:55:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: uphold the rule of law, we've failed to protect the integrity of citizenship in america and law. even now in a most-9/11 world, we still lack control over who comes into our country. every day, guns, drugs, unknown people unlawfully pour across

Jeff Sessions

1:55:06 to 1:55:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: our broken borders. the cofns consequences of the government's failure is felt keenly by those living in our worried about states. ranchers living on u.s. soil must confront the chaos as a reality of daily life. they're denied the peaceable possession of their private property. in phoenix, the capital of

Jeff Sessions

1:55:27 to 1:55:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: arizona, is now known as one of the kidnapping capitals of the world, and yet it does not have to be this way. with enough will and determined execution of a carefully developed plan executed by the president and supported by

Jeff Sessions

1:55:49 to 1:56:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: congress that has as its serious goal the elimination of this illegality, we'll be successful and can be successful in just a few years. it is not impossible. and that's what the public wants, and this is what our political leaders have object

Jeff Sessions

1:56:10 to 1:56:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: obstinately refused to do. americans are willing, they are willing -- and i am certainly willing -- to consider some sort of status for those who peacefully lived and worked in our country for some extended period of time but only after

Jeff Sessions

1:56:31 to 1:56:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we've secured the border. as long as you continue to provide amnesty for people who come in through our -- into our countrystay here for a period of time, you incentivize further illegality. is there any other way you can consider that? well, this is because the

Jeff Sessions

1:56:54 to 1:57:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: passage of an amnesty bill, such as this dream act, is an immediate reward for the illegal entry. and there's no serious plan to stop the illegal flow. indeed, the legislation incentivizes the flow or the entry of people into our country country. what does it say? it does that anybody thinking

Jeff Sessions

1:57:16 to 1:57:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: about coming illegally, if i can just get in the united states and hang on for a number of years, sooner or later they're going to make me lawful. that's not the message we need to send. the public will not allow us to repeat the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty. we've discussed that so many times.

Jeff Sessions

1:57:37 to 1:57:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: they will not fall for the ruse that we can have amnesty first and security later. they understand that if we do not secure the border first, we may never secure it at all. we certainly haven't as of this date. despite this and despite historic losses in the recent

Jeff Sessions

1:57:58 to 1:58:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: election, the democratic leaders of this congress are now pushing a reckless proposal for mass amnesty known as the dream act. at a time when our nation is struggling with high unemployment and runaway government spending, the bill would authorize millions of illegal workers and impose an

Jeff Sessions

1:58:19 to 1:58:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: even greater burden on the taxpayers. making matters world, those eligible for the dream act amnesty include illegal aliens with criminal records. and all of this is being rushed through a lame-duck congress with no committee review. democratic leaders have even

Jeff Sessions

1:58:40 to 1:59:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: introduced four versions of the same bill in just over two months. three in the last 13 days. it's been a shell game that abuses the legislative process. is it any wonder that the american people have lost faith in this institution?

Jeff Sessions

1:59:02 to 1:59:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: americans want us to enforce the laws but we are considering a bill that would reward and encourage their violation. americans want congress toned the lawlessness but this bill would surrender to it. consider a few of the dream act's most troubling provisions.

Jeff Sessions

1:59:24 to 1:59:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: first, the dream act is not limited to children. illegal aliens as old as 30 or 35 are eligible on the date of the enactment of the bill, and they remain eligible to apply at any future age as the registration window does not close. you do not need a high school diploma.

Jeff Sessions

1:59:46 to 2:00:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you do not need a high school diploma, a college degree or military service in order to receive amnesty under the dream act, as proposed. illegal aliens can receive indefinite legal status as long as they have a g.e.d., the alternative to a -- a high

Jeff Sessions

2:00:08 to 2:00:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: school diploma, and they can receive permanent legal status and a guaranteed path to citizenship as long as they complete just two years of college or trade school. one version of the dream act offers illegal aliens in-state tuition for which many americans are not eligible. all four versions provided

Jeff Sessions

2:00:32 to 2:00:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: illegal aliens with federal education benefits, such as work-study programs, federal student loans, and access to public colleges that are already short on spaces and resources. congressional budget office --

Jeff Sessions

2:00:53 to 2:01:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that's our entity that gives us technical data about legislation ; it's a pretty objective group; it's hired by the democratic leaders, hired by the democratic majority, but i think they most of the time try to do the right thing -- they say the bill would add $5

Jeff Sessions

2:01:14 to 2:01:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: billion to the deficit. that number really, i have to say, is low. the c.b.o. clearly failed to account for a number of major cost factors with the "dream" act. they haven't had much time to make this analysis. they don't include unemployment,

Jeff Sessions

2:01:36 to 2:01:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: public education costs, chain migration, and fraud, nor did it take into account what history has proven; that the passing of amnesty will incentivize even more illegality and lawlessness at the border. in addition, the c.b.o. assumes a large portion of these

Jeff Sessions

2:01:58 to 2:02:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: individuals will obtain jobs. but there's no surplus of job opportunities in america today. unemployment just went up from 9.6% to 9.8%, almost 10%. it's remained high for an exceedingly long period of time, and economists are telling us we're going to have to look forward to much higher

Jeff Sessions

2:02:19 to 2:02:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: unemployment than we've been used to in the past. well, nobody is scoring the fact how many american job seekers will not get a job if large numbers -- a million or more illegals -- are converted to

Jeff Sessions

2:02:41 to 2:03:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: legal and will be competing for those jobs and perhaps denying them that job and maybe good benefits and good pay. conservative estimates say that between 1.3 million and 2.1 million illegal aliens will be immediately -- immediately -- eligible for this "dream" act

Jeff Sessions

2:03:02 to 2:03:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: amnesty, but that number will grow significantly as the bill has no cap or sunset to it. moreover, those who obtain legal status can then do the same thing for their relatives. they're put on a path to citizenship, and legal, permanent resident status first,

Jeff Sessions

2:03:25 to 2:03:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and then citizenship. they can then, through the chain migration process, apply to bring in their relatives, and some of the people they might apply to bring in are likely to be the persons who brought them here illegally. as a result, the number of

Jeff Sessions

2:03:47 to 2:04:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: "dream" cards granted could easily triple what's expected. and many with criminal records will also be eligible for the "dream" act's amnesty. they simply must have less than three misdemeanor convictions. two misdid he meanors, okay.

Jeff Sessions

2:04:15 to 2:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: three, not so good. those potentially eligible would include drunk drivers, gang members, and even those who've committed certain sexual offenses. the most recent version of the bill also gives the secretary of the homeland security broad authority to waive ineligibility

Jeff Sessions

2:04:36 to 2:04:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for even the most severe criminal offenders and those who pose a threat to our national security. many offenses such as indecent exposure, d.u.i., smaller thefts, drug charges -- some of them are charged as felonies and

Jeff Sessions

2:04:59 to 2:05:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: very routinely are reduced to misdemeanors. a misdemeanors offenses -- two misdemeanors phones won't bar you from being able to be protected under this act and being able to have a guaranteed path to citizenship. those who commit document fraud or who lie to immigration authorities will be eligible for the immigration's amnesty as

Jeff Sessions

2:05:21 to 2:05:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: well. this is particularly troubling as it contains a potential loophole for high-risk individuals placed on the pathway to citizenship. one of the warning signs that we missed prior to 9/11 were the fraudulent visa applications submitted by the 9/11 hijackers.

Jeff Sessions

2:05:42 to 2:06:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but this bill would likely make it more difficult to combat immigration fraud from the dangerous regions of the middle east, where we've had an unfortunate history of abuse. this "dream" act even contains a safe harbor provision -- very significant -- that would prevent many applicants from

Jeff Sessions

2:06:04 to 2:06:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: being removed as long as their application is pending. even if they have a serious criminal record, you would normally be subjected to deportation. this provision could dramatically hinder federal authorities and will undoubtedly unleash a torrent of costly

Jeff Sessions

2:06:26 to 2:06:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: litigation that will suck up untold hours of our law enforcement personnel's time and ability and resources that ought to be focused on the border. as a former federal prosecutor, i just want to say that whenever somebody can come into court and assert somebody who's being

Jeff Sessions

2:06:47 to 2:07:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: apprehended illegally in the country or someone who's committed a crime, even a serious crime, can stay, it appears to me, the enforcement of this act -- the enforcement of the deportation and assert

Jeff Sessions

2:07:08 to 2:07:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that they are -- they are proceeding with a "dream" act amnesty proposal. so this is really a problem, because we don't have enough bed space. and so what are we going to do? so we're now going to have investigators drop what they're doing and go out and try to

Jeff Sessions

2:07:29 to 2:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: prove, were they here before age 16, did they really have a g.e.d.? or is in a a forged document? how many criminal convictions do they have? this has all got to be investigated now, and it takes weeks, and so what happens? we're going to keep those individuals in jail instead of deporting them? how much cost is that? all this is not counted in this process.

Jeff Sessions

2:07:53 to 2:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and i just want to say that my experience in law enforcement is there's not enough people to do those investigations, and you are you're going to have millions of applications. how do you prove somebody came here at age 15 instead of 18? how do you prove they've been here five years -- they say they've been here five years --

Jeff Sessions

2:08:18 to 2:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and they came at age 17 or 15 or 14? who's going to investigate that and dispute it? they submit a staimentd and say they've been -- they submit a statement and say they've been here for five years. we've got time to investigate all of that? this is not what we should be doing now. we've got a more serious challenge to end the illegal flow and for people who've been

Jeff Sessions

2:08:41 to 2:09:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: here a long time and who've been good -- otherwise been good citizens and have worked hard. we can figure out some way to deal with their future. but i just do not believe this is the right step. it's not the right step. it is going to -- it is not the

Jeff Sessions

2:09:04 to 2:09:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: right step. in short, the bill, i believe, will be a disaster. yet our democratic leadership remains committed in their push for this amnesty provision. they are again defying the public will and sending the world a message that our nation is not serious about the integrity of our borders and our

Jeff Sessions

2:09:27 to 2:09:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: laws. american the american citizenship is the -- american citizen madam president is the envy of the world. central to our nation's greatest is our respect for the rule of law, and none of us that i'm aware inform this senate is proposing to in any significant way reduce the number of people

Jeff Sessions

2:09:48 to 2:10:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: who come to our country lawfully. indeed, there are many provisions to increase the number that come lawfully. but the american people are rightly saying we've got to do something about that illegality. by eroding the respect for law through reckless and irresponsible amnesty

Jeff Sessions

2:10:09 to 2:10:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: provisions, we would do a disservice not only to the 300 million americans who call this nation their home but to all those future citizens who are applying and waiting in line to enter our country lawfully. mr. president, i feel strongly about this.

Jeff Sessions

2:10:30 to 2:10:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: hopefully this matter will not be proceeded with. we need to wries well, how to bring -- wrestle with how to bring the immigration system under control. we can do that. i've stated it for sometime. i truly believe it can be done. senator mccain from arizona, who's been to the border a great deal, has said in a year or two

Jeff Sessions

2:10:52 to 2:11:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we can end this massive illegality. i've been saying that for quite a number of years. i truly believe it's soavment but we need focus on that, not focus on rewards for those who've entered illegally. that's why this legislation should not pass. i thank the chair and would yield the floor. and i note the absence of a

Jeff Sessions

2:11:14 to 2:11:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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