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Jeff Sessions: Immigration bill is 'a surrender to lawlessness'

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., denounced the just-passed immigration bill as a “surrender to lawlessness” and “a broken promise 1,200 pages long” because it offers legalization before securing the border.

“There will be no border fence, no border surge, nothing but the same tired illusory promises of future enforcement that will never occur,” Sessions said in a statement following the bill’s 68-32 passage out of the Senate. “Americans have begged and pleaded time and again for Congress to end the lawlessness. But this amnesty-first bill is a surrender to lawlessness.”

Sessions cited the Immigration and Customs Enforcement union’s objections to the bill as proof that it doesn’t have sufficient border security provisions.

“We can create a lawful immigration system that makes us proud,” he said. “But for that to happen, this bill must never become law. We must return to the drawing board and produce legislation that serves the just and legitimate interests of the nation, its people, and all who wish to call America home.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said today that the Senate bill won’t receive a vote in the House.

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