In explaining his basis for supporting a bill in the House by his fellow Alabaman, Republican Congressman Robert Aderholt, Senator Jeff Sessions reminds the American people of a promise made by Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus to defeat the illegal Obama amnesty. Priebus vowed “We will do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen.” We can’t allow it to happen and we won’t let it happen. I don’t know how to be any stronger than that. I’m telling you, everything we can do to stop it we will.”
It can’t get much more explicit than that and Priebus intended at the time to be as clear as possible. In making his endorsement, Senator Sessions said, “Legislation introduced by Congressman Aderholt would fulfill that pledge and accomplish that goal. It would block funds for the President’s illegal scheme; surely, Congress should not fund an illegal act that eliminates our constitutional role as a lawmaking body.”
Sessions said, “Further, the Aderholt bill would take steps to address one of the most serious problems now unfolding: the mass release of illegal immigrants who show up at the border into the interior of the country. Approximately 99% of the Central American youth and adult relatives who showed up unlawfully this year presently remain in the United States. No ‘border security’ plan can succeed that does not begin to end the destructive practice of catch-and-release. Simply providing the President with more money for ‘border security’ will be turned into a slush fund to resettle illegal immigrants in the interior of the United States.”
Senator Sessions appealed to his Republican colleagues in both the House and Senate to support the sound, American’s-first principles laid out in the Aderholt plan, saying “Republicans should focus on these and other discrete enforcement measures—like mandatory E-Verify and closing tax credit loopholes—that will encourage repatriation and protect jobs and benefits for Americans, while launching a sustained and unrelenting campaign to block all funds for the President’s border-erasing executive amnesty.”
He added, “The question will then be left on the desk of congressional Democrats: will you protect the President’s order, or the people who elected you?”
Senators Sessions, Cruz and the now questionable Mike Lee forced a similar declaration of loyalty back when Harry Reid operated the Senate as a black hole of legislative death. Most of the Senate, including a disappointing number of Republicans at that time sided with the citizen sellout crowd.
With Republicans now in control, it is still an open question as to whether the interests of the people will have the representation they deserve or whether their voices will be drowned out by special interests and big money. Having to vote on the record against American jobs, against the rule of law and in violation of the Constitution will likely not be a popular option for sellouts used to the comforting darkness of Harry Reid’s Senate and John Boehner’s cloak room.
Sessions and his fellow patriots are shining a bright, inescapable light on the legislators and the process. If they intend to be around after their next election cycle, they had better represent the people. Let there be no doubt. We’ve had enough and we are watching their every move.
Rick Wells is a conservative writer who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please “Like” him on Facebook, “Follow” him on Twitter or visit www.rickwells.us