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Sessions: Can Anyone Explain How Immigration Bill Will Help Struggling Americans?

SEN. JEFF SESSIONS (R-AL): Over the next decade, this bill would legalize well over 30 million immigrants. Only 2.5 million of those would be through the new merit-based system. And even among those 2.5 million, many will be receiving points for being family members.

But there is a larger issue here as well. Median income has declined 8 percent since Congress last considered immigration reform. Yet this bill roughly triples the annual flow of legal immigrants, largely low-skilled, and doubles the flow of temporary guest workers.

Do my colleagues have any concerns about how this will impact the falling incomes of the middle class? And what about the millions living in poverty and the chronically unemployed? What about the nearly 1 in 2 African American teenagers who are unemployed?

Can one of the sponsors of this bill explain to me the economic justification for adding four times more guest workers than proposed in 2007 at a time when 4.6 million MORE Americans are out of work today than in 2007?

Can one of the sponsors answer this basic question: how will this legislation protect poor and struggling Americans? Will it raise wages or will it lower them? To whom do we owe our loyalty—some business who would like to have more labor or to the American people who fight our wars, obey our laws, raise our children, and pay their taxes to this country?

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