Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions attacked his July 14 GOP runoff opponent for “being wrong on immigration,” an issue that he calls “one of the most important issues” Congress is faced with as it wrangles with other concerns such as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and police reform.
(I’m not saying) that it’s No. 1, but it’s right up there,” said Sessions during a news conference Monday in Mobile. “We have 11 million people here unlawfully. In some years, we’ve had 11 million people arrested at the (U.S.-Mexico) border. If we do this right, the number of attempts for entering illegally will plummet.”
He added, “This has been a big issue for the past 15 years and it needs to be fixed. There will be a window of opportunity to get something done and, in the end, have bipartisan support. We have to establish soon our policy against China. This should be a bipartisan policy of the United States. Those are two issues that need to be decided now.”
Sessions, during the news conference, juxtaposed his career opposing amnesty for undocumented immigrants against what he believes is a softer stance on the issue from former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville.
Sessions brought up an August 2019 statement from Tuberville who hinted at the time that he might be open toward amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Sessions and U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, ahead of the March 3 Republican primary, attacked Tuberville for that statement and prompted the former football coach – during multiple public appearances ahead of the primary election – to vehemently deny he would support amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
Sessions also criticized Tuberville for statements he made in December suggesting that he would be receptive toward accepting 400,000 people from India “who are educated and well-trained” to come to the U.S. on work visas.
By John Sharp for AL.com
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