House Republicans vote to end Obama deportation rule
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June 6th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
9 years ago

House Republicans vote to end Obama deportation rule

(CNN) – A Republican-led effort to discard President Barack Obama's rule allowing some young undocumented immigrants to defer deportation passed the U.S. House Thursday, a further indication of the challenges still facing pending comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

This amendment, however, appears doomed to be a political gesture as the Senate remains Democrat-controlled and Obama serves out his second term.

The measure, which would cut funding to the Department of Homeland Security to implement the program, was approved by a vote of 224-201, mainly along party lines. It was sponsored by Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who has long voiced opposition to any measures lessening the consequences of illegal immigration.

The president's decision, made last June, would allow people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military to apply for a two-year deferral from deportation.

This policy is a directive from the Department of Homeland Security, rather than an executive order from President Obama, though it could still be reversed by future presidents. Republicans have sometimes criticized Obama for issuing executive orders and using administrative directives, saying he's ignoring the Constitutional requirements of lawmaking by bypassing Congress.

Obama's measure does not extend legal status to children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents, which is the crux of the DREAM Act. Those children have become known as "dreamers" after the proposed law.

Lawmakers are currently engaged in a heated debate over revamping the nation's immigration system, including whether or not to grant legal status to undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.

King said Thursday the passage of his measure blocking Obama's deportation rule was a signal of further resistance to immigration reform in the House.

"My amendment blocks many of the provisions that are mirrored in the Senate's 'Gang of Eight' bill," King said. "If this position holds, no amnesty will reach the President's desk."

Jay Carney, Obama's press secretary, wrote in a statement the measure "runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans."

"It asks law enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent criminals," Carney said. "It's wrong. It's not who we are. And it will not become law."

Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Steve King
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. imp

    And the Republicans wonder why Hispanics, African Americans, Women, & just about anyone with a brain & basic human decency don't vote for them!

    June 6, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    This is a damn shame. The GOP has done nothing for the past 4 years except obstruct and attempt to repeal. I guess this is the first in a long line thanks to their gift in the Senate by Tubby.

    June 6, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Gary

    We've done our work for this week. Another Go Now Where Bill.. Now time to get back to the witch hunt.

    June 6, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone wild and dead. Pretty much DEFUNCT.

    June 6, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    What happened to the rebranding of the Republican Party with a new and kinder message to Hispanics and other minorities? Apparently nothing has changed...same old hate and intolerance coming out of the GOP controlled House of Representatives led by Speaker Boehner.

    June 6, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Barb

    Republicans want the Hispanic vote and pay lip service to them. Republicans think Hispanics are not smart enough to know political shams when they see and hear them. Rubio is a phony on immigration and thinks because he is Hispanic whatever he says will be swallowed hook, line, and sinker. I think Hispanics are much, much smarter than Rubio.

    June 6, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. California Gary

    There they go again.........those poor Republicans just can't help themselves........they pull out their assault weapons with 30 round mags and immediately shoot themselves in the foot. They are entertaining to watch......but it would be nice if just once they would try to accomplish something maybe a jobs bill? No time for that I're right @Gary.......back to the witch hunts.

    June 6, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. RandyIA

    I think its funny when the left says the GOP is the party of no. But when they propose legislation, they say it will go nowhere. Does that by default make the Senate led by the Dems the new party of NO?

    June 6, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Anonymous


    Republicans want the Hispanic vote and pay lip service to them. Republicans think Hispanics are not smart enough to know political shams when they see and hear them.

    Republicans have such high opinions of themselves that they are unable to understand that the only people they are fooling is themselves.

    June 6, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Ol' Yeller

    Hey, You have to give the republicants some credit here... For once they voted on something other than repealling Obamacare. Other than that (and of course the never ending hearings on the -gasp- scandals) they haven't really hit a lick. When the Hispanic voters look back on this, they will remember. Just another devestating loss in the next election.
    I'm sure they will blame Obama... they are one trick pony.

    June 6, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. SwingState

    If only these fiscal conservatives would stop wasting time and money on things they knew would amount to nothing except alienate people then maybe...just maybe they could focus on jobs. What a concept huh?

    June 6, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "This amendment, however, appears doomed to be a political gesture "

    The GOP/Teatrolls have nothing but "political gestures" to offer. For the past 5 years it's pretty much been flipping the public the bird and mooning us because they've had it with a country they don't get to "own" and "rule" outright anymore and if it's gonna go brown and be "taken away" from them, then they'd rather see it destroyed out of spite than live on to be something that's not under their thumb.

    June 6, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    ""runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans.""

    I'm sorry, but those got thrown out with the bathwater as soon as the GOP/Teatrolls realized it would spell their party's doom to continue to pretend they believed in them in the first place.

    June 6, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Obama should order the army to go in the house, drag out the gop garbage ,take them behind the white house, shoot them and dump their bodies on k street and let the lobbyist bury them !!!

    June 6, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Steven Harnack

    Where were all of these Republicans who are criticizing Obama when Bush was setting the record for signing statements? They are so consistently hypocritical that it really is nauseating. This Congress has to be setting their own record for the most time spent spinning their wheels and for not producing even one bill that will benefit the public as a whole.

    June 6, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Doc

    And just yesterday Navarette was trying to shift blame on immigration reform onto Schumer and the Democrats.

    June 6, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    To make the government run again normally, the solution is simple . Kick the gop garbage out of the house and senate in 2014 mid terms. Have you seen them do anything in the last five years, anything to help the American people ,answer no .!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. David

    But the Repubs were made when Obama did this solely as they said it was close to what they were planning? Congress is nuts. This is just as crazy as their recent witch hunts.

    June 6, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The last bill that was up for a vote was rejected by the majority of the people so it never got a vote. The average american knows who will be left with the consquences. Today Today there was a "Diccussion" on the House floor between Steny Hoyer and the Republician oppisite. Hoyer wanted to know if the bills for the next budget would be brought up for a vote. The republician said bills would be brought up when the democrats removed the
    "More Taxes" from the budget. The Republicians refuse to give the democrats "Carte Blanche" with spending. The illegals want amnstey. They aren't going to get it unless the voters give the liberal's overwhelming numbere in the congress.

    June 6, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |