WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans are ta-king broad steps to overturn President Barack Obama’s immigration policies and remove pro-tections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids.
Votes were set Wednesday on legislation worth nearly US$40 billion to finance the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year.
Republicans were voting on one amendment to undo executive actions Obama announced in November that provided temporary deportation relief to some 4 million immigrants in the country illegally. Another amendment would delete Obama’s 2012 policy that’s granted work permits and stays of deportation to more than 600,000 immigrants who arrived in the US illegally as kids.
Republicans say Obama’s moves amounted to an unconstitutional overreach that must be stopped. The changes Obama announced in November especially enraged the Republicans because they came not long after their party swept the midterm elections, taking control of the Senate and increasing their majority in the House. Republicans pledged then to revisit the issue once Congress was fully under their control.
But even with Republicans in control of the Senate the bill faces tough chances there, espe-cially because House GOP leaders decided to satisfy demands from conservative members by including a vote to undo the 2012 policy that deals with younger immigrants known as “Dreamers”. The amendment, which is opposed by some of the more moderate Republicans in the House, would ultimately expose those young people to deportation.