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Senator Jeff Session at March for Jobs

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama gets it.

Sessions has made it his business to hold the Senate Republican leadership’s feet to the fire on amnesty for illegal aliens and on spending; two areas where establishment GOP Senators have time and again betrayed conservative principles.

But it is not just Sessions’ commitment to conservative principles that we admire. It is that Sessions understands the politics of these issues and how important it is to the future of the Republican Party to get them right.

Sessions has been one of the few opponents of amnesty for illegal aliens and opening America’s borders to regularly make the case that the most important reason to oppose the Obama-Rubio amnesty bill and other schemes to admit vast numbers of new immigrants, or legalize millions of illegal aliens, is the impact such policies would have on American workers.

Sessions recently gave a very important interview to our friend Neil Munro at The Daily Caller that neatly sums-up the economic arguments against the amnesty and open borders policies supported by such Republican establishment figures as Jeb Bush, John Boehner and Eric Cantor.

Senator Sessions made the point to The DC that, “Median income has dropped $2,300 per household since 2009. That’s huge for a family struggling to get by. That’s $200 less per month for their families — this is unacceptable and cannot continue, and it is clear that a significant part of that is a result of an excessive flow of labor into America during this time of high unemployment.”

This is basic economics and readily explains why the cheap labor wing of the business community is putting millions into the campaigns of amnesty and open borders supporters like Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee – depressing American wages puts more to their bottom line.

Senator Sessions went on to note that this alliance between the Republican establishment and corporate interests has been central to the break-up of the Reagan coalition that won Republicans two national landslides.

“Americans overall, and especially middle-class Americans, have been pleading with their political leaders to end the lawlessness in immigration, to create a policy that serves the national interest, and to protect them from excess labor flow that pulls down their wages and may cost them their jobs. … Congress, because of an unhealthy attachment to corporate America and political maneuvering, has refused to give it to them.

That’s a good and honorable request by the American people. … [It is] a policy that honestly benefits all blue-collar workers, and most of them fully support it [and] it would be a direct and powerful appeal to recent immigrants and to African-American blue-collar workers.

[President Ronald] Reagan did very well among lower-income voters. They were called Reagan Democrats and blue-collar Republicans. Let’s look at the last big [GOP] national victory in 2004 where [President George W. Bush lost] the $30,000 to $50,000 income American worker … by one percent only.

Gov. [Mitt] Romney lost it well in the double digits. He also lost the under-$30,000 vote considerably more than President Bush.

That’s the message we should take into the next election: ‘Our policies will work for you, their policies are hurting you, and if you doubt what I say, look at your take-home pay’.”

But here’s where Sessions really nailed the politics of the amnesty and open borders issues and why the Republican establishment has it exactly backwards:

“Republicans somehow felt that we must utilize the rhetoric of the Democrats to appear supportive of immigrants. Also, businesses have very special interests in these issues, and they’re not at all hesitant to advocate for them and even raise money to promote their agenda.

It is particularly galling. The business view is even worse than being wrong in economic terms [because] they go even further and make a ludicrous claim that it is good politics for Republicans to abandon the perfectly legitimate goal of having a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest.

We’ve got to stand up and be counted.

We owe all Americans the right and opportunity to rise and prosper, but recent immigrants and native-born Americans absolutely can find themselves unable to prosper or see their wages rise if the flow of workers into the country exceeds the ability of the economy to absorb them.

So I do think it is critical for the Republicans Party to join with the decent plea of the American people to create a lawful system of immigration that serves our national interest.”

The Gallup organization’s latest measure of voter enthusiasm found that “among registered voters, 42% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents currently say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, while 50% are less enthusiastic, resulting in an eight-point enthusiasm deficit. But Democrats are even less enthusiastic, with a 23-point deficit (32% more enthusiastic vs. 55% less enthusiastic).”

The Senator from Alabama is one of the hand-full of Republicans on the national scene, particularly in the Senate, who understand that Republicans lose elections when they adopt Big Government progressivism or become shills for the corporate elite.

If Republicans want to restore voter enthusiasm and rebuild a winning national coalition they must start by following Senator Jeff Sessions’ advice to tell people who think they can buy bad policy with money and contributions to go jump in the lake. And to tell them with clarity — Republicans and conservatives don’t represent specials interests, we represent the American interest.

Click here to view the Gallup voter enthusiasm survey

Click here to read Neil Munro's Daily Caller interview with Senator Jeff Sessions

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