(TheBlaze) -- [...] Republicans have argued that the flood of illegal immigrants has increased because Obama has said he would take executive branch actions later this year to somehow allow more illegal residents to stay. Sessions said on the Senate floor that any border bill that passes Congress should ensure that Obama cannot take this unilateral step.
Sessions said some reports say Obama could create work permits for up to six million illegal residents, and said Congress should take a stand and refuse to allow any funding for this activity.
“I believe any border legislation that is sent to us to the Senate by the House of Representatives, it should include specific language denying the president any funds to execute his planned work permit,” Sessions said.
He also asked all senators to support legislation from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would prohibit funding for new border activities until Obama’s deferred deportation action is reversed.
Senate GOP staffers have noted in recent weeks that while the flood of just 60,000 children has led to billions in possible additional costs, the Senate-passed immigration bill would create millions of new green card opportunities for non-U.S. citizens — about 30 million over the next decade. Sessions noted that the Senate bill could allow almost every Central American family to enter the U.S. legally.
“President Obama’s illegal work permits add to the already-huge flow of lawful work permits issued by the federal government,” Sessions said.
“Between 2000 and 2013, we lawfully issued almost 30 million work and immigrant visas. To put that number in perspective, 30 million is about the population of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala combined.”
Read CBO’s initial score of Obama’s plan here: