Conservatives in Congress sent a message last week that they are still standing firm on deportation and removal efforts. On Thursday, the House voted to resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were pardoned for two years by President Obama's 2012 executive order.
The 224-201 vote was aimed at Obama's order to stop deporting individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children and would qualify under the DREAM Act, a measure that has not been successfully passed by Congress. The measure was part of a routine spending bill for the Department of Homeland Secuirty, which the Obama Administration has already said it may veto for budgetary reasons.
The administration issued a statement on the measure saying that it would negatively affect "Dreamers" who are "productive members of society who were brought here as young children, grew up in our communities, and became American in every way but on paper."
Even if the bill is vetoed, it still send a firm warning from House Republicans that they could make immigration reform very difficult to achieve this legislative session. THis was the first immigration-related bill the House has voted on so far this year.
Members of the Senate are currently debating over the immigration reform bill that was drafted by eight bi-partisan senators. As the bill currently stands, roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants would be granted lawful permanent residency once the borders are secure and other requirements are met. The bill was approved by a Senate Judiciary Committee last month after a 13-8 vote.
It is expected that the House will consider several smaller bills dealing with immigration reform instead of one comprehensive measure like the one being considered by the Senate. One of these smaller bills was introduced by a South Carolina Republican representative and allows state and local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws.
Source: WISTV.com, "House passes measure to deport young immigrants," David Espo, June 6, 2013