While Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee stated that they will fight Republicans on their calls to impeach President Obama, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on Thursday said Congress cannot adjourn until it fights Obama’s executive orders for immigration amnesty.
Breitbart reported that Sessions has been urging his colleagues to vote against both the House and Senate border bills and that Congress should not adjourn until it stands against Obama's executive actions that will effectively end immigration enforcement in America.
On the U.S. Senate floor, Sessions said on Thursday, “Are we really to recess for August having done nothing… said nothing… offered nothing to oppose the President in this way? “The American people are asking us for help, pleading with us for help, and we must answer that call. We must fight for the lawful and just system of immigration that we can proud of.”
Sessions went on to say, “Now imagine, then, if the president expands this amnesty and work authorization program to cover millions of unlawful immigrants of all ages? Sessions said. "It will be an effective end of immigration enforcement in America. You cannot maintain an effective, lawful system of fair immigration enforcement policy with these kind of regulations occurring and these kind of orders from the White House.”
“The president is not entitled to make laws. Congress should not adjourn until it has firmly stood against the president's unconstitutional and dangerous action,” Sessions said. “Obama's executive amnesty has already demoralized law enforcement and has made it almost impossible to enforce the law.”
Meanwhile, Fox News is reporting that House Republicans are holding out for hope that a border fix will occur after today’s border crisis vote dissolves in what to do next.
Fox News said that if lawmakers do end up breaking for recess without a bill, House leaders left open the possibility of recalling members if need be when they feel they have a majority of 218 votes. Earlier, sources said GOP leaders were "way short" of the votes they needed, with conservative lawmakers joining Democrats in refusing to back the package.
A joint statement from House Republican leaders said, “The situation shows the intense concern within our conference and among the American people about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president's refusal to faithfully execute our laws.”
Without much surprise, Democrats are accusing House Republicans of playing games, Chad Pergram of Fox news said and Pergram pointed to a statement earlier today by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
Earnest said, “It is extraordinary that the House of Representatives, after failing for more than a year to reform our broken immigration reform system, would vote to restrict a law enforcement tool that the Department of Homeland Security uses to focus resources on key enforcement priorities like public safety and border security, and provide temporary relief from deportation for people who are low priorities for removal.”
Interestingly enough, Senate Democrats who are up for re-election are nervous at what President Obama is doing with his immigration policy. The top battlegrounds of Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina each have about two to three percent of Hispanic voters in each state and democrats in those states could lose their seats come November and will be handing over the Senate to Republicans.
Also, the Daily Caller (DC) reported that if the latest two polls are of any indication on how U.S. citizens feel about Obama’s immigration policies, Senate Republicans have a good chance of taking over the Senate in the November elections. DC stated that approval of Obama’s immigration policies have slipped from 22 percent in May 2014, to 18 percent in July 2014, based on a late July poll of 1,044 Americans by Associated Press and GfK Public Affairs.