Jeff Sessions: U.S. ‘Economy Cannot Sustain’ Current Lawful Immigration Rates

The economy cannot sustain the current levels of legal and illegal immigration to the U.S., Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) argues.

“This is not in the people’s interest of America at this time,” Sessions, the chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest said Wednesday, opening a hearing on the impact of immigration levels on U.S. workers.

“Our goal should be to work every day to create policies that advance the training, and the job prospects of Americans first – lawful immigrant and native-born alike,” he said. “That is our responsibility.”

Each year, Sessions highlighted, the U.S. admits over a million permanent residents, 100,000 refugees and asylees, 700,000 guest workers, 600,000 students — many of who have been allowed to work under administrative rules — and “hundreds of thousands of” illegal immigrants (both border crossers and visa overstays).

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