Immigration Critic Jeff Sessions Will Chair Senate Panel On Immigration

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January 23, 2015 10:01 a.m.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) announced on Thursday he will chair a Senate subcommittee that oversees immigration policy, a consolation prize for the chamber’s most outspoken immigration skeptic after he dropped his bid to chair the Budget Committee.

He immediately renamed the Judiciary panel “Immigration and the National Interest” — its original title was “Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.”

“My focus as Chairman of the Immigration subcommittee will be to advance the core interests of the nation and its people. On no issue have special interests had a tighter grip than on the issue of immigration,” Sessions said, vowing to give voice to the working families and American workers who have been hurt by “record immigration.”

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) will be deputy chairman, Sessions said.

The news was first reported by Politico.

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