[guest post by Dana]
As Congress weighs out the president’s border funding request, Sen. Jeff Sessions reminded his colleagues of the cautionary tale that is Eric Cantor:
“The results of recent primary elections show the American people are being roused to action, and once activated, their power will be felt — they will not be mocked,” Session said on the Senate floor on Monday. “They have begged, and pleaded for our nation’s immigration laws to be enforced for 30 or 40 years, and the politicians have refused.”
Sessions is, of course, referring to the stunning loss by Cantor to Tea-Party backed economics professor Dave Brat, who toppled him in a surprise victory.
Most observers believe that Cantor’s refusal to reject any immigration reform that included some form of amnesty contributed greatly to his loss.
In light of the likelihood that President Obama, through executive order, will grant legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants, Sessions implored his colleagues “to not support any supplemental funding requests without including provisions that would limit his ability to take such actions.”
“No member in either party — Republican or Democrat — should support any border legislation that moves through this Senate that does not expressly prohibit these planned executive actions by the president,” he said. “All this is grim talk, but the situation is stark: Congressional action this week to bar unilateral, imperial action by the president is surely the best course to head off what could be a constitutional crisis.”