UPDATED 8:23 AM PT — Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling out lawmakers who support proposals to bring more foreign workers into the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
During an interview Monday, Sessions questioned why anyone would want to bring in foreign nationals to take jobs in the U.S. while so many Americans are unemployed. He added that it’s critical that lawmakers defend the interests of American citizens who have been laid off due to the economic impact of the coronavirus.
The comments came after Sessions released a statement last month calling for a moratorium on employment-based immigration until the unemployment rate drops.
“Why would we bring in foreign workers to take jobs when we don’t have jobs for the American people?” he asked. “What theory is it that they’re operating under when they try to justify such a policy position? It’s certainly not in the interest of the American people.”
Sessions also suggested a congressional committee should be formed to determine the truth behind China’s involvement in spreading the virus to the rest of the world.
China now faces a choice: Will it be a responsible nation, or an outlaw nation?
— Jeff Sessions (@jeffsessions) May 5, 2020