House GOP moves on immigration

House GOP moves on immigration 

Posted: 2:34 pm Sunday, January 11th, 2015

By Jamie Dupree

In this second week of the 114th Congress, Republicans will move a bill that funds U.S. immigration activities, but restricts the use of federal dollars to implement President Obama’s recent executive actions which will allow up to five million people already in the U.S. illegally to avoid deportation.

“It’s a good thing to come out of the chute with,” said Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL). “It’s important to our country’s national security.”

“We made a commitment that we were going to hit this early and hit this strong,” said Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), as for more conservative Republicans, this is exactly what the voters asked for in response to the President’s moves.

A vote is tentatively set for Tuesday in the House on a series of different amendments to the underlying funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which is currently operating on a stopgap budget that runs out on February 27.

The goal is simple – block the Obama Administration from using any money to enforce the changes in deportation authorized by the President.

Obviously, a lot of Democrats will not be on board with this GOP plan.

Here are links to the five immigration amendments that are expected to get a vote in the House this week:

+ Blocking money for enforcement of the President’s executive actions

+ Blocks ‘DACA’ – the 2012 action by President Obama to defer deportation for young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents

+ Ensuring that illegal aliens are deported when convicted of serious crimes

+ There is also an amendment related to immigration and the Obama health law

+ A non-binding “Sense of Congress” resolution urging the feds not to use more money to deal with people here illegally than those applying legally for U.S. citizenship.

While this plan seems likely to gain approval in the House, the future is very cloudy in the Senate, where not all GOP Senators are behind such a plan, and a Democratic filibuster looms as well.