House Passes Homeland Security Spending Bill with Amendment to Defund Obama’s EO

House Passes Homeland Security Spending Bill with Amendment to Defund Obama’s EO

Contentious House Votes Taken Today on Obama’s Executive Overreach

In November, Obama issued an executive order he, himself, said he could not do.  He ordered deportations stopped for up to 5 million illegal aliens, those who had citizen children, ‘anchor babies’.  He offered them permits to work, legally, in the United States.

In a very contentious session the House of Representatives voted today to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, a step Republicans promised to take, with an amendment to the budget of the fully funded Department of Homeland Security.

As it stands the bill will unravel President Obama’s plan to give safe harbor to some four to five million illegal immigrants who have citizen children.  It also undermines  years of the Obama Administration’s efforts to focus immigration enforcement on recent border crossers, national security threats and other criminals and not on those perceived not to be a threat.

Members voted 237-190 in favor of a defunding amendment brought by Rep. Bob Aderholt (R-Ala.).  Aderholt’s amendment was attached to a Department of Homeland Security spending bill, which the House then passed shortly after noon in a 236-191 vote.

Aderholt’s language will block funding for Obama’s executive action, even funds that agencies collect on their own through fees. It would prevent enforcement of memos DHS released in 2011 and 2012 that allow agencies to halt immigration enforcement on various classes of illegal immigrants.

It would also block any effort to carry out similar policies, and prevent the executive branch from giving any benefit to illegal immigrants that aren’t prescribed under law.

Some conservatives feared the House might pass a defunding bill as a separate item, which would have made it much easier for Obama to ignore.

The House of Representatives passed a Department of Homeland Security spending bill Wednesday that effectively defunds President Obama’s November 2014 executive amnesty program.

“The House defended its constitutional authority to make the law of the land in today’s vote to oppose President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions on immigration,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) said after the vote. “I am hopeful the Senate will do its job and reassert the duty of Congress to make immigration law.”

An amendment offered by Rep. Rob Aderholt (R-AL) forbidding DHS from spending any money implementing Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program passed 237 to 190. The amendment specified that the spending restrictions applied to fees collected by the agency and applied to four other memos written prior to November 20.

The Aderholt amendment did not, however, touch Obama’s June 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A group of conservative members, led by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) struck a deal with Aderholt not to include the DACA program in his amendment. These conservatives felt that including DACA would be a distraction from DAPA and would make it easier for Democrats to attack Republicans for wanting to deport children.

A separate amendment, offered by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), did defund Obama’s DACA program. It too passed, but by a substantial smaller 218 to 209 margin.

Neither of these amendments would actually lead to any new deportations, but they would stop the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office from giving work permits to illegal immigrants.

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