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Senate Proceeding on Dec 18th, 2010 :: 0:11:50 to 0:25:20
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Jeff Sessions

0:11:50 to 0:25:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

0:11:58 to 0:12:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of up t mr. sessions: mr. president the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: under the previous discussion we had, i had been authorized to use 15 of our 45 minutes, and i would ask consent that i be allowed to speak for 15 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection.

Jeff Sessions

0:12:20 to 0:12:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: mr. sessions: and i assume this would be counted against our time. mr. president, essential to american greatness, i truly believe is our respect for the rule of law. the american people understand this. for years, they have asked

Jeff Sessions

0:12:41 to 0:13:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: congress and the president to secure the borders and to enforce our immigration laws, but for years, congress has refused to do that. and indeed, as part of this legislative session, there has been no serious movement to do anything that would improve the

Jeff Sessions

0:13:03 to 0:13:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: grievous situation of illegality at our border. so what we have is just contrary to that today when we'll be dealing with the dream act. leaders in washington have not only tolerated lawlessness, but, in fact, our policies have encouraged it. americans living near the border are the ones that often pay the

Jeff Sessions

0:13:24 to 0:13:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: steepest price. illegal drugs, guns, people pour in to states like arizona and texas every day. phoenix has turned into the kidnapping capital of the world. ranchers in the southern part of the state are forced to accept chaos as a part of their daily lives. smugglers, traffickers stream

Jeff Sessions

0:13:45 to 0:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: across their properties, homes are broken into, livestock killed, families placed in danger. our government has failed in its duty to protect these citizens in the peaceful possession of their property. consider the fate of robert kranst, the son of one of arizona's oldest ranching families, working land that had

Jeff Sessions

0:14:07 to 0:14:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: been in the family for 100 years. his home had been robbed, their livestock slaughtered. on the night of march 27, he went to mend a fence and check his water lines. he reached his brother on the radio to say he was helping someone he believed to be illegally entering the country, helping him. that was the last time anyone

Jeff Sessions

0:14:29 to 0:14:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: herat of mr. kranst. he was found several hours later shot dead. the death of robert kranst is sadly one of the many tragedy that could have been avoided if our government, this federal government had done its job. instead, when arizona tried to support federal immigration law and federal authorities, they

Jeff Sessions

0:14:50 to 0:15:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: were sued by attorney general holder and the department of justice, saying stay out. they were sued for trying to protect themselves because the federal government would not. yet, here we are in the final days of a lame-duck, some say dead-duck congress, considering

Jeff Sessions

0:15:13 to 0:15:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: a bill that would create a major problem to the effective enforcement of immigration laws. people are not happy with us, mr. president. i just had a little recognition, recalled in the shower this morning a little event with

Jeff Sessions

0:15:34 to 0:15:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: oliver cromwell with the parliament in england. he said it's high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place. you're odious to the whole nation. in the name of god, go. well, i don't think we're odious around here, but i think the american people are not happy with us, and i think it's time

Jeff Sessions

0:15:58 to 0:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for us to quit trying to move political bills in a way that's not appropriate. not through regular process. so the american people are pleading with congress to enforce our laws, but this bill is a law that at its fundamental

Jeff Sessions

0:16:21 to 0:16:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: core is a reward for illegal activity. it's the third time we've tried to schedule a vote on it during this lame-duck session. it's the fifth version of this legislation that has been introduced in the past two months. not one of these bills has gone to committee. not one of them is subject to

Jeff Sessions

0:16:42 to 0:17:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: amendment. the house passed a bill after one-hour debate, having announced it being brought up one day before. in fact, the version that we're now considering was the same one that was rammed through the house. the majority leader has filled the tree here.

Jeff Sessions

0:17:05 to 0:17:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so once again the legislation has no -- cannot be amended. for two years democratic leaders have ignored the public. they rammed through a lot of unpopular legislation, and sometimes and too often the process has been skirted and it

Jeff Sessions

0:17:27 to 0:17:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: has been not healthy for the republic, which is one reason people have not been happy with us. and so we're at it again in these last hours, attempting to force through legislation that

Jeff Sessions

0:17:49 to 0:18:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is not acceptable to the people. proponents of the "dream" act are sincere, and they insist that this is a limited bill for young children of illegal immigrants who graduate from high school, get a college degree and join the military. but the facts of the legislation are different.

Jeff Sessions

0:18:10 to 0:18:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the tkao epl act would -- the "dream" act would grant legislation to millions of illegal aliens regardless of whether they go to or finish college, high school or serve in the military. it's certainly not limited to children. it would apply to people illegally here who are as old as 30. and now because the bill has no

Jeff Sessions

0:18:31 to 0:18:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: cap or sunset, who will remain eligible at any future age. i know, mr. president, my good friend, senator durbin, who's such an able advocate, last night challenged me or my staff that we were incorrect in saying

Jeff Sessions

0:18:53 to 0:19:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that the secretary of h.h.s. would have the ability to waive some of the requirements in the bill. just for my staff's sake, i would like to read this part of the bill. he said it wasn't in there. actually my staff has explained why they thought it was in there to his staff, but the waiver section states -- quote -- "the secretary of homeland security

Jeff Sessions

0:19:17 to 0:19:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: may waive the ground of deportability under paragraph 1 of section 237-a for humanitarian purposes or family unity." maybe we can disagree how that might all be played out, but i think there's clearly a waiver

Jeff Sessions

0:19:41 to 0:20:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: provision in the bill. the amnesty provisions -- and this is an amnesty bill because it provides every possible benefit, including citizenship, to those who are in the country illegally, and i think that's a fair definition of amnesty. the amnesty provisions are so

Jeff Sessions

0:20:03 to 0:20:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: broad that they are open to those who have had multiple criminal convictions up to two misdemeanors -- just not three -- and many criminal cases felonies are pled down to misdemeanors, including certain sex offenses, drunk driving and drug offenses.

Jeff Sessions

0:20:26 to 0:20:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the bill goes further offering a safe harbor to those with pending applications even if they pose some risk to the country. in other words, if you have filed and sought protection under the act, this can stay any action against you and any deportation proceedings. and i think it's particularly dangerous because the safe

Jeff Sessions

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

Jeff Sessions: harbor would apply to those even from terror-prone regions in the middle east. in fact, the "dream" act altogether ignores the lessons of 9/11 going so far as to open up eligibility to those who previously r defrauded immigration authority, previously provided false documentation, as did many of

Jeff Sessions

0:21:12 to 0:21:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the 9/11 hijackers on their visa applications. some have suggested that this should not be a debate about policy, but instead be a debate about passion. but good policy faithfully followed is compassionate. i would ask my friends who

Jeff Sessions

0:21:35 to 0:21:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: support the legislation what is compassionate about ignoring the public wishes and forcing people to live with a lawless border and a lawless immigration system that must be reformed and congress refuses to reform. i would ask them is it compassionate to put illegal aliens in front of the line

Jeff Sessions

0:21:57 to 0:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: ahead of those who patiently waited and played by the rules? is it compassionate to act in a way that undermines the integrity and consistency of our legal system, a system that's so important to our prosperity and liberty? so the message from the public has never been in doubt.

Jeff Sessions

0:22:18 to 0:22:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: before we consider regular status for anyone living here illegally, we must first secure the border. my friend, ben nelson from nebraska, has spoken on this for half a dozen years. and when he speaks, he has a sign behind him.

Jeff Sessions

0:22:39 to 0:23:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it says "border security first." that's what senator mccain has said. he's been a champion of immigration reform, but he said he's come to understand with clarity that we must have security first. and that's what the american people have told us with clarity, i'm convinced.

Jeff Sessions

0:23:01 to 0:23:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: if we do not, do those actions first, if we pass this amnesty, we will signal to the world that we're not serious about the enforcement of our laws or our borders. it will say, you make plans -- you can make plans to bring in your brother, your sister, your cousin, your nephew, your

Jeff Sessions

0:23:22 to 0:23:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: friend, into the country illegally as a teenager, and there will be no principled reason in the future for the next congress then sitting to not pass another "dream" act. and it will only be a matter of

Jeff Sessions

0:23:43 to 0:24:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: time before that next group illegally here will make the same heartfelt pleas that we hear today. so it's a time to end the lawlessness, not surrender to it. not surrender to it, but to end the lawlessness that's occurring.

Jeff Sessions

0:24:04 to 0:24:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: this is a decisive vote. i urge my colleagues to oppose the reckless bill and to commit themselves, ourselves as a nation to creating an immigration system that is just and lawful and that befits the

Jeff Sessions

0:24:26 to 0:24:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: nation as great as ours. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the time remaining that i have not used be reserved and to be allocated to the -- that's been allocated to the republicans to be divided as follows and not necessarily in this order: senator mccain ten minutes, senator chambliss five,

Jeff Sessions

0:24:48 to 0:25:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: senator inhofe ten, senator kyl five. and one more thought, mr. president. we have it within our power to fix the broken immigration system. last year approximately 600,000 people were arrested entering our country illegally. that's lower than it has been.

Jeff Sessions

0:25:09 to 0:25:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but a determined leadership from the president, from the congress came within a matter of one or two years end this problem, and then we can begin to wrestle with the difficult question of those who have been in our

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