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Republicans take their first swing at Obama by voting to block his immigration initiatives

President Obama 4Today, Republicans in the U.S. House passed legislation that would reverse the immigration policies put in place by President Obama through executive action. The new legislation would terminate the temporary stay on deportation announced by Obama in November, a change that would have negative consequences for over six million immigrants. The legislation was voted on as an amendment to a Homeland Security funding bill.

A second amendment was also passed that would eliminate Obama’s 2012 immigration policy which granted work permits and deportation protections to the “Dreamers,” thousands of undocumented youth who were brought in this country as children and grew up here. Twenty-six Republicans, including Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, voted against this amendment which narrowly passed in a 218-209 vote.

The bill now moves to the Senate where it will face a tough battle to get the 60 votes needed for it to pass, particularly due to this second measure overturning immigration protections for the Dreamers. The legislation which would supply the Homeland Security Department with almost $40 billion for the rest of the budget year must be passed, with or without the amendments, before the Department’s current funding expires at the end of February.

This legislation comes as no real surprise given the strong opposition and outrage from many Republicans over what they saw as Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive orders. However, in this battle for political power, it does seem that many of our representatives haven’t taken the time to consider the uncertainty and fear this legislation has brought back into the lives of millions of immigrants.

4 Comments


  1. Alex

    January 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    This is a funny quote that I saw recently that was attributed to Ben Stein –

    ““Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured…but not everyone must prove they are a citizen. And now, any of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.”

    So now Obama wants to also take taxpayer dollars to “legalize” folks who were illegal to begin with. Makes no sense at all.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    January 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I like your comment Alex, it is amazing how far out of whack our country has become.

  3. ML

    January 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Actually the process of deportation costs drastically more than obama’s plan. Who is more deserving of citizenship, a person who has risked life and limb to get into this country for an opportunity at a better life or somebody who was simply born? Where’s the hypocrisy there?

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    January 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Some things are worth the money ML. And for a law breaker, well I would have more respect and feel that person deserved citizenship if they had respect for our laws. If they are willing to break the immigration law then what other laws are they going to break?

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