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    Sen. Sessions pushes for tough GOP immigration stance


    Sessions called immigration the, “one policy that most separates the views of the GOP’s voters from the party’s biggest donors.” | AP Photo

    By Seung Min Kim
    01/12/16 01:34 PM EST

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is pressing GOP lawmakers to take a tougher and more restrictive stance on immigration as Republicans prepared for their annual retreat later this week to lay out their policy agenda.

    In a Dear Colleague letter, Sessions and Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) take a distinctly populist tone on immigration, calling it the “one policy that most separates the views of the GOP’s voters from the party’s biggest donors.”

    Framing the issue in economic and national security terms, the two conservative Republicans urged their colleagues to pursue legislation this year to tighten up various immigration laws — an unlikely prospect on the Hill this year but a view that is gaining traction in the Republican presidential primary.

    “If we want to lay out a ‘bold, conservative agenda’ and demonstrate that we serve the voters — and not the special interests — we should begin by advancing bills to reduce out-of-control immigration,” Sessions and Brat wrote, in a not-so-subtle reference to the title of Speaker Paul Ryan’s policy agenda.

    Sessions’ hardline views on immigration have had a particularly deep influence in the 2016 GOP primary. He advised Donald Trump as the billionaire GOP frontrunner drafted his own immigration proposal, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has aggressively aligned himself with Sessions and his immigration policies on the campaign trail. Both candidates are in the top tier in the Republican field.

    Brat, meanwhile, ousted for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a 2014 primary that was viewed as a referendum on Cantor’s tepid support for immigration reform.

    In their letter, the lawmakers noted that polling has shown Republican voters overwhelmingly oppose expanding the number of immigrants allowed into the United States.

    “How can it be possible that the demands of 92 percent of our electorate are not merely ignored, but sabotaged,” they wrote. “The last legislation put forward would have tripled green card issuances over the next ten years — a population of new permanent residents almost seven times larger than the population of South Carolina.

    The 2-page letter was hand-delivered to all Republican offices on Tuesday, an aide said.

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    Got to give Trump and Cruz credit for seeking out the counsel of Sen. Jeff Sessions. There is no politician know to me that is more knowledgeable about the damage excessive immigration, illegal immigration, and weak border security is doing and has done to our country!

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