In a post-vote press conference, Sessions said, “The political consultants and pollsters and people (managing the bill) … anticipated everything that was going to occur…they planned on careful attacks to neutralize critics.” The crux of Sessions’ argument was that the Obama administration was not doing enough for border security. Yet, the bill would expand on enforcing a photographic biometric system that would track entries and exits. He also made a last attempt to use the cost of immigration reform to strongly rebuke his fellow Republicans from approving the measure. He cited the $6.3 trillion figure that the Heritage Foundation had used in its findings done in part by the widely-criticized author Jason Richwine.
What Sessions calls ‘careful attacks’ are actually bipartisan studies outlining the economic benefit of immigration reform. Those in support of it include the pro-immigration legislation findings commissioned by Sen. Rubio (R-FL) and anti-tax conservative Grover Norquist’s group Americans for Tax Reform. The conclusion drawn by vast majority of bipartisan groups commissioned steadfastly remain that costs associated with legalization would actually be mitigated by the long-term monetary contribution of undocumented immigrants over a ten-year period.