Sessions: Immigration reform is ‘hammer blow’ to middle class

Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsThe Hill's 12:30 Report GOP senator to Ryan: 'Trump is where the Republicans are’ Rankings: Trump’s top 10 VP picks 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 BoehnerLobbying World In House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills 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.

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