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Jan 28, 2013 Comments Off Spit Stixx

Excerpted from The Daily Caller: Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions voiced concerns over the bipartisan proposal for immigration reform introduced on Monday by eight senators, saying the plan will substantially increase the already sky-high national debt and criticizing the federal government for inadequately enforcing existing immigration laws.

“No one should expect the members of the Senate are just going to rubber stamp what a group who met decided,” Sessions said on the Senate floor.

While immigration system needs to be reformed, Sessions said, the country has been through this dance before.

The Alabama senator recalled the failed promise of enforcement following immigration reform in 1986, as well as the aborted attempts at immigration reform in 2006 and 2007.

The latter efforts, Sessions said, didn’t succeed “because it did not do what they said it would do. It did not end the illegality. It did not set forth a proper principle of immigration for America, [and] it did not sufficiently alter the nature of our immigration system to advance the national interest of the United States.”

Sessions suggested that the U.S. should adopt some Canadian immigration policies, including the country’s preference for potential immigrants that speak its native language or possess advanced education and skills. The U.S. should also seek out younger people who will pay more into the system over their lifetimes, and investors who will help grow the economy, Sessions said.

“It should be a major part of any immigration reform that focuses on trying to get the people who will be most successful in America — the ones we know are going to be able to do better here. It should not admit people who are likely to be a public charge. However, that is already the public law. You are not supposed to be admitted to America if you are likely to be a charge on the public — that is, you are going to need government aid to take care of yourself.”

But as the senator pointed out and The Daily Caller has previously reported, in 2011 just .068 percent of visa applicants were found to be ineligible on the basis of becoming a public charge.

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