The Obama Administration has spent the last few weeks pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
TPP is a trade deal with several Pacific countries that is awaiting approval from the U.S. Congress.
Liberal Democrats, led by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, oppose the agreement and are seeking to prevent its implementation.
A new issue has emerged, though, that is threatening Republican support of TPP.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions believes that the deal would allow the President latitude on immigration.
Immigration is a hot topic among Republicans who were angered by the President’s executive actions last November. In fact, the reason now-AG Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote was delayed for months was because she supported the President’s policy.
Among those warning of the immigration ramifications of this trade deal is Pennsylvania GOP Congressman Lou Barletta.
“There’s a lot of fear that it’ll allow guest workers to come in and take jobs away from Americans,” Barletta told Seung Min Kim of Politico. “So there’s a lot of questions that the average American has on whether or not these deals are actually good for the American worker or not.”
Leading House Republicans deny the charges of Sen. Sessions and Rep. Barletta.
House Ways and Means Chairman (and 2012 VP nominee) Paul Ryan called such claims an “urban legend.” House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte went so far as to issue a letter to his colleagues on the subject.
“No one has been more vocal than me in their criticism of the Obama Administration’s attempt to unconstitutionally rewrite our immigration laws through the grant of administrative legalization to millions of unlawful aliens,” the Virginia Congressman wrote. “There is nothing in the current draft of the TPP that will in any way advance or facilitate this or any other unconstitutional action by the Administration.”