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Senate Proceeding 12-08-10 on Dec 8th, 2010 :: 0:15:20 to 0:28:10
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Jeff Sessions

0:15:16 to 0:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i will have more to say about the report the presiding officer: without objection. the senator's time has expired. mr. harkin: i ask unanimous consent to enter this report into the record. objection. mr. harkin: and that my remarks on the report come in front of the report that's in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. harkin: thank you. mr. president, i yield the

Jeff Sessions

0:15:20 to 0:28:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

0:15:40 to 0:16:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: floor. the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: mr. president, i want to share a few thoughts about the legislation that i understand we will be voting on -- at least voting on cloture later this afternoon, on the "dream" act. one of the most major themes of

Jeff Sessions

0:16:06 to 0:16:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the recent election was an idea idea -- an idea set forth in the declaration of independence. the idea is a bedrock principle of our country, and that is the government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed, but many americans have felt for some time now that washington has become disconnected from the people it serves. indeed, a recent poll found that

Jeff Sessions

0:16:28 to 0:16:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: only one in five americans feel that the government is operating with consent of the governed, and now on the heels of a historic midterm election, the democratic leadership in this lame-duck session are, i believe, further eroding those

Jeff Sessions

0:16:52 to 0:17:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: bonds of trust by refusing to listen and moving an amnesty bill that violates, i believe, a clear american view that border security should be first, and the american people are correct

Jeff Sessions

0:17:13 to 0:17:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in that. it's not a negative, mean-spirited thing. the american people understand understand -- and i think congress is coming to understand also -- that ending the lawlessness at our borders is the first thing that must be

Jeff Sessions

0:17:35 to 0:17:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: done, and at some point after that, then we can wrestle about what to do about people here illegally, or else we are surrendering to lawlessness. the democratic leaders have introduced now four investigators of the "dream" act in just the last two months,

Jeff Sessions

0:17:57 to 0:18:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: three in the last two days or three days, a shell game, really, that abuses the process. we have not had hearings on it in seven years. meanwhile, the "dream" act has been promoted as a bill for ambitions used on a track to graduate from high school or college or join the military,

Jeff Sessions

0:18:18 to 0:18:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but the truth is far different from that talking point. in reality, the "dream" act would grant nearly unrestricted amnesty, a guaranteed path to citizenship, to millions of illegal aliens, adults and youth alike. they do not even need a high school diploma. they certainly do not need a college degree, and they do not

Jeff Sessions

0:18:40 to 0:19:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: need to join the military. in fact, the bill's eligibility provisions are so broad that even repeat criminal offenders would fall within its loose requirements and qualify for this mass amnesty. the public has pleaded with congress time and again to secure the border, but those

Jeff Sessions

0:19:02 to 0:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: pleas have been ignored by those that have been pushing this bill. why aren't we seeing calls for that? americans want us first to enforce the laws we have, but the bill would reward and encourage the violation of american laws. americans want congress to end the lawlessness, but this bill

Jeff Sessions

0:19:23 to 0:19:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: would have us surrender to it. it's really a give-up-type approach. consider the "dream" act core features. it is not limited to children first. illegal aliens as old as 30 or 35, depending on the bill, are eligible on the date of

Jeff Sessions

0:19:44 to 0:20:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: enactment, and they remain eligible to apply at any future age. as the registration window does not close. one does not need a high school diploma, a college degree or military service.

Jeff Sessions

0:20:05 to 0:20:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: a person illegally here can receive indefinite legal status as long as they have a g.e.d. the alternative to a high school diploma. they can receive that in foreign language, and they can receive permanent legal status and a guaranteed path to citizenship as long as they then complete

Jeff Sessions

0:20:27 to 0:20:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: two years of college or trade school, but their status changes upon application after having a g.e.d. i would just -- my faithful staff has just discovered -- made a copy of this and it has had 273,000 hits, and

Jeff Sessions

0:20:50 to 0:21:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the title of it is "fake diploma." and it has places on here that one can obtain fake diploma, fake degree, fake diplomas. or how about another one? fake diplomas, fake g.e.d.'s, high school diplomas. buy a g.e.d., high school diploma, college diploma, college transcript, college

Jeff Sessions

0:21:12 to 0:21:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: degrees or high school transcripts at diploma company, your online source. it goes on down there. fake diploma, fake diploma, fast delivery, transcri so this is not going to be easy to enforce, and i would assure

Jeff Sessions

0:21:34 to 0:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you we have insufficient personnel to go out and run down all these matters. so one version of the "dream" act offers illegal aliens in-state tuition for which many americans are not eligible. all four investigators that are now pending provided illegal aliens with federal education

Jeff Sessions

0:21:56 to 0:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: benefits such as work study programs, federal student loans and access to public colleges that are already funded, but we would like to have more money for these loan programs and all,

Jeff Sessions

0:22:17 to 0:22:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but it would have to be spread out and the budgets tight. so more people would be then rewarded, illegal aliens would be rewarded for these programs. the c.b.o., the congressional budget office, has said the bill over time would add $5 billion to the national debt, but the number, i believe, is likely to be higher because c.b.o. clearly

Jeff Sessions

0:22:39 to 0:22:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: failed to account for a number of major cost factors with the "dream" act, including public education costs, chain migration and fraud, and nor does the c.b.o. take into account what history has proven, that passing amnesty will incentivize even more illegality and lawlessness

Jeff Sessions

0:23:00 to 0:23:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: at the border. i wish it weren't so, but experience teaches us that it is. if you have -- if you're here legally or illegally and you have a young brother, a nephew, they can get into our country and get into a high school. they can't deny them if they are

Jeff Sessions

0:23:21 to 0:23:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: illegally here. and they can get a degree or a g.e.d., they are put on a guaranteed path to citizenship, and at the point that that occurs, they could even make application for their family member to be given a priority, the one who was illegally here to begin with who brought them here.

Jeff Sessions

0:23:42 to 0:24:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and that's the reality under our immigration procedures. in addition, the c.b.o. assumes a large portion of these individuals will obtain jobs, but there is no job surplus today. indeed, there is a surplus of

Jeff Sessions

0:24:04 to 0:24:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: labor who can't find employment. so this score does not count unemployed american citizens who can't get jobs because of additional competition. estimates conservatively say between 1.3 and 2.1 million illegal aliens will be immediately eligible for the "dream" act amnesty.

Jeff Sessions

0:24:25 to 0:24:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but that number will grow significantly as there is no cap or sunset. moreover, those who do obtain legal status can do the same for their relatives, as i indicated. many -- with criminal records

Jeff Sessions

0:24:46 to 0:25:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: will also be eligible for the "dream" act program. they simply must have less than three misdemeanor violations. less than three. those potentially eligible would include drunk drivers, gang members, even those who have committed certain sexual offenses.

Jeff Sessions

0:25:08 to 0:25:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: many of those are misdemeanors, and a most recent version of the bill also gives the secretary of homeland security broad authority to waive ine for even the most severe criminal offenders, and those who pose even a threat to national security. remember, every day for a host

Jeff Sessions

0:25:31 to 0:25:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of reasons -- i was a federal prosecutor, a state attorney general. i know for a fact that every day for a host of reasons, maybe a witness didn't show up. maybe the caseload is overwhelming. prosecutors allow people to plead to misdemeanors when the offense they have actually committed is a felony. so allowing a person to have

Jeff Sessions

0:25:53 to 0:26:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: three misdemeanors is a serious loophole and does not suggest that the criminal activities they have been participating in is insignificant or nonconsequential. surprisingly, those who commit document fraud or who lie to immigration authorities are eligible for the amnesty as well.

Jeff Sessions

0:26:14 to 0:26:34( Edit History Discussion )

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

Jeff Sessions

0:26:35 to 0:26:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: 9/11 hijackers. the "dream" act even contains a safe harbor provision that would prevent many applicants from being removed as long as their application is pending, even if they have a serious criminal record. this provision would dramatically, dramatically hinder our federal authorities

Jeff Sessions

0:26:58 to 0:27:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and will undoubtedly unleash a torrent of costly litigation. one of the things that's been happening too much is what we call catch and release. people are apprehended, they are placed in jail, and then they are released, illegal aliens and told to report back to the court

Jeff Sessions

0:27:19 to 0:27:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for final disposition of their case. not surprisingly, over 90%, i think, 94% don't show up. so when you allow these processes to be delayed significantly, it reduces the ability of the law enforcement

Jeff Sessions

0:27:41 to 0:28:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: offices to be able to process cases and allows many to be released on bail from which they abscond and do not return. mr. president, how much time is left on this side? the presiding officer: 12 seconds. mr. sessions: 12 seconds. thank you. so, mr. president, this country

Jeff Sessions

0:28:03 to 0:28:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: needs to end the lawlessness and after that's done and it can be done shortly, the american people want us to wrestle with how to handle people who have

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