The executive is attempting to create a loophole in immigration law, using the TPP treaty as the beard.
As copied from NumbersUSA…
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has offered two amendments to the fast-track trade bill that would give Pres. Obama full negotiating authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. This bill would require Congress to give a speedy up-or-down vote without the ability to offer amendments to the final deal. TPP is also a "living document" and can be changed even after Congress gives its initial approval.As Sen. Sessions pointed out in his 5-page memo a few weeks ago, free trade deals like the TPP often increase immigration numbers by granting extra visas to agreement signatories.Sen. Sessions' amendments would require Congress to approve any changes to TPP after Congress' initial approval and would prevent the president from negotiating any changes to federal immigration law, including visa numbers, visa requirements, and visa lengths, as part of the TPP process.
This is the letter NumbersUSA created for individual to facsimile to their respective Senators. Acronyms have been corrected from the original.
Dear Senator,The Sessions amendments to the legislation granting President Obama TPP must be passed to ensure the trade agreement doesn't change U.S. law. Please vote in favor of these amendments.Sen. Jeff Sessions has proposed an amendment to the TPP legislation requiring Congress to approve of any changes made to the TPP after Congress gives its initial approval. With free trade agreements impacting almost every segment of a nation's economy, it only makes sense for Congress to retain this oversight.
Sen. Sessions has proposed a second amendment to the bill that prevents President Obama from negotiating changes to American immigration laws as part of the TPP process. Free trade agreements typically increase visa numbers for signatory nations and make it easier for workers from those nations to attain visas. The United States already grants work visas to 1.5 million new foreign workers each year and any increase in that number would only serve to harm the 18 million Americans unable to find a full-time job.
Please vote in favor of the Sessions amendments to the TPP legislation so that Congress can retain oversight and ensure American workers are protected.
Find a way to speak to your own Senator, this backdoor is hardly an accident and knowing from experienced will likely be used with impunity.