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Sessions: Omnibus bill gives Obama ‘blank check’ on immigration, Syrian refugees

Congress’ plan to lump the next fiscal year’s budget into a huge omnibus spending bill will give President Obama a blank check victory on his open door immigration plans and bid to settle thousands of Syrian refugees in America, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions warned Tuesday.

“As currently written, this year’s appropriations bills – which will be combined into a catch-all ‘omnibus’ by December 11th – amount to a blank check for the president to carry out his refugee resettlement plans,” he said in a statement.

“Not only will the president be allowed to bring in the 85,000 refugees he has announced on top of current record immigration levels, but this will include at least 10,000 refugees from Syria who will subsequently be able to bring in their foreign relatives. All refugees are eligible for lifetime government assistance and can draw funds from Social Security and Medicare at Americans’ expense. More than 90 percent of recent Middle Eastern refugees are on welfare. And they are on a fast-track to becoming voting U.S. citizens,” added the senator.

The immigration and Syrian refugee plan have faced criticism from lawmakers and GOP governors and could become a flashpoint during voting. As a result, it could result in a government shutdown if the funding isn’t cut, according to congressional sources.

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MANASSAS, Va. — Donald Trump thinks low-polling Republican candidates and those who’ve failed to qualify for the ballot in early voting states should be barred from participating in future GOP debates.

“Why would you let them on the debate stage to waste everybody’s time?” the Republican presidential front-runner told supporters at a campaign rally Wednesday evening.

“It’s not unfair, it’s just stupid. It’s like, what are we doing?” he added.

Trump named Ohio Gov. John Kasich specifically, claiming Kasich is the “worst debater I’ve ever seen.” The two candidates took turns jabbing each other during the fourth Republican debate in mid-November.

“He’s a professional politician and he can’t speak properly,”

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Sessions urged Congress to be more selective in funding to be included in the omnibus.

“The president’s annual funding requests are just that: requests,” he said.

“Now is the hour of choosing for Congress; will we surrender – funding Obama’s entire immigration agenda – or will we assert Congress’s power on behalf of the interests of the American people, and declare by appropriations what programs are worthy and what are not?” he added.

Sessions noted that the plan would fund Obama’s continuation of “sanctuary cities,” those towns who let go illegal immigrants wanted for crimes, provide nearly 700,000 immigration “green cards,” and expansion of a visa worker program that has been criticized for letting companies replace higher-paid Americans with foreign workers.

His full statement is here.

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The GOP front-runner avoided politicizing the tragedy.

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Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist,…

 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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