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ollars to the debt over time’:
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, issued a statement following today’s hearing on
the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal:

“I remain concerned about the purposefully rushed timetable for moving
this immigration bill. As Senator Lee observed, good legislation
rarely results when Congress tries to rush through a single, massive,
comprehensive proposal to cover many complex and far-reaching issues.
Indeed, none of the witnesses had been able to read this just released

Today’s hearing, featuring only two witnesses, began the conversation
on the most critical concern relating to this legislation: how it will
impact American workers, both in terms of their wages and their taxes.
This bill proposes not only to legalize those here illegally now, but
also to dramatically increase the supply of low-skill legal

At a time when Social Security and Medicare are already facing huge
unfunded liabilities, studies show a sharp rise in low-skill foreign
workers and their families (including older relatives) will accelerate
the programs’ insolvency, not strengthen them. Those legalized will be
net beneficiaries—not contributors—to these programs.

Wages will also be negatively impacted. We have 90 million Americans
outside the labor force and record welfare usage. Clearly, there is
not a shortage of available labor to businesses. Wages for working
Americans have fallen for well over a decade. As Peter Kirsanow, a
member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, explained at the hearing:
‘We have an abundant supply of low-skilled labor waiting for jobs...
What we will do by regularizing a significant cohort—millions of
individuals—is leap-frogging those individuals… Due regard must be
given to the fact that we have an over-abundance of people who are not
working today.’”: