Attorney General Jeff Sessions is interviewed by FOX News' Tucker Carlson about DACA, DREAMers, chain migration, and standards for immigration.
"When we admit people to our country, we should be like Canada," Sessions said. "We should evaluate them and make sure they are going to be lawful. They are not threats to us. They have the education and skills level to prosper in America. That's good for them and good for America."
"President Trump has said we need -- we have immigration," Sessions said. "We want immigration. But we want to vet these people. We want to know who they are and make sure they are going to be productive people. People who are flourish in America, who are going to not be terrorists, not be criminals. And that's exactly correct for America."
Sessions called for a "good debate" on immigration and asked what good does it do the U.S. to admit people with no skills and that are illiterate.
"A good debate needs to be happening this year," he said. "The president is right on the lottery. That's ridiculous. How absurd is that for a policy for a great nation."
"What good does it do to bring in somebody who is illiterate in their own country, has no skills and is going to struggle in our country and not be successful?" Sessions asked. "That is not what a good nation should do. And we need to get away from it."
TUCKER CARLSON: So, apparently, here are features of the proposal we are now looking at. It would fund about 10 percent of the proposed border wall, about 70 miles out of 2,000. No enforcement basically, can't deport anybody. It would expand chain migration. Dreamers could bring their relatives. It makes diversity lottery more unskilled.
It did doesn't seem like it's moving in the right direction.
SESSIONS: Totally unjustifiable. That cannot be. That is not a proposal that has any prospect of success.
They need to look at the proposal at House Judiciary Committee that Congressman Goodlatte has proposed. That will work. It will end the illegality, make a tremendous toward ending illegality and make the system work better. That's what the American people want.
And the objectors, the sanctuary cities, the New Jersey policy you just talked about, those are policies that favor illegality. They subsidize illegality. They encourage illegality.
The American people are sick of that. It's time to end it. The choice is clear and it's going to be even clearer this year.
We're going to have some votes in Congress. People need to be held to account or you are going to fix this system, create a system that protects America. We know that as you said, 73 percent of the people who have been arrested for terrorism came here were born abroad. So, if they had been properly screened and rejected, we wouldn't have had these attacks in our country.
CARLSON: So, someone I spoke to with direct knowledge said in his meeting on immigration, Lindsey Graham summed up his closing argument by reciting Emma Lazarus’ poem from the Statue of Liberty. Not really a case you would expect Republicans to be making.
Why aren't there more articulate Republican members of the Congress making the case that you just made?
SESSIONS: Well, I wish there were, actually.
I think people need to get focused on this. We are not against immigration. The president is not against immigration.
What the American people want, have a right to, and what's good for America is a lawful system of immigration.
And when we admit people to our country, we should be like Canada. We should evaluate them and make sure they are going to be lawful. They are not threats to us. They have the education and skills level to prosper in America. That's good for them and good for America.
What good does it do to bring in somebody who is illiterate in their own country, has no skills and is going to struggle in our country and not be successful? That is not what a good nation should do. And we need to get away from it.
A good debate needs to be happening this year. The president is right on the lottery. That's ridiculous. How absurd is that for a policy for a great nation.
We need to tighten up on our admission of people from dangerous areas of the globe where we can't vet, where we have high numbers of terrorists that live in those areas. We should certainly be more careful and limit that kind of immigration.
Mr. Attorney General, when you left the Senate, it lost maybe its best voice on this. So, thank you very much for that.
SESSIONS: Thank you.