THE HILL — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Monday said the Obama administration hasn’t done enough to stop potential terrorists from entering the United States, seizing on immigration as a problem in the war on terror.
“No one has a constitutional right to enter the United States,” Sessions, an ally of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said Monday evening in a statement.
“Foreign nationals do not have a right to demand entry to the United States, and it is perfectly appropriate for the country to refuse admission to those whose presence may be detrimental to the national interest,” he said.
Sessions argued that the administration has undermined law enforcement’s ability to do its job by “continuing to bring an unprecedented number of people” into the United States.
He added that while most Muslims are “law-abiding and peaceful,” some immigrants who enter the United States might try to carry out a terrorist attack.
“We must face the uncomfortable reality that not only are immigrants from Muslim-majority countries coming to the United States, radicalizing, and attempting to engage in acts of terrorism,” Sessions said. “[But] First-generation American children are susceptible to the toxic radicalization of terrorist organizations.”
The gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning was a U.S. citizen born to parents who came to the United States from Afghanistan.
The killings have inflamed the debate over legal and illegal immigration.
Sessions and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have sent three letters to the Obama administration asking for information of individuals who the senators have identified as having ties to terrorism. But the Alabama Republican noted Monday that they haven’t a response to any of the letters.
In an August 2015 letter they asked for information on 72 individuals and the “nexus between terrorism and our immigration system.”
Sessons warned that unlesss the administration changes tactics “we should expect more attacks.”