Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsObama-era cash for cronies under House fire McConnell: 'Winners make policy, losers go home' DeVos should ‘persist’ despite liberal opposition MORE (R-Ala.) said President Obama’s immigration policies are a “hammer blow” the middle class.

“President Obama must end the immigration lawlessness,” Sessions said. “Even if the president could be trusted, the Senate Democrat plan he embraces would deliver a hammer blow to working Americans.”

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Sessions comments came as House Republicans are deciding whether to consider bipartisan immigration reform that passed in the Senate last year. Sessions has so far applauded Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE (R-Ohio) for not considering the bill. But because of political pressures, Republicans are reconsidering that decision.

Sessions said the legislation would increase the number of immigrant workers at a time when U.S. unemployment numbers are high.

“The president’s plan doubles the flow of immigrant workers to compete against unemployed Americans and triples the number of mostly lesser-skilled permanent immigrants granted legal residency over the next decade,” Sessions said at the end of last week. “The only plan the president and Senate Democrats appear interested in supporting would hollow out a shrinking American middle class.”

Sessions, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been an ardent opponent of immigration reform.