Local reps vote to undo White House immigration policies

Posted on January 15, 2015 10:04 am CST



Members of Congress U.S. House serving the Ozarks voted with the majority to overturn President Obama's immigration actions and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children.

The measures were part of a $39.7 billion spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The vote was 236-191.

After the vote, Rep. Billy Long, (R) Missouri-7th District, said, “Last year we promised our constituents we would take this course of action to defund the president’s reckless act on immigration. The president should be working with Congress to address immigration issues instead of rewarding those who broke the law to come to our country illegally.”

“The Homeland Security Appropriations Bill increases funding for customs and border protection, bolsters enforcement of the immigration and customs system, and strengthens efforts to combat human trafficking and child exploitation,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R) Missouri-4th District. “Furthermore, it directly addresses President Obama’s executive action by preventing any funds from being used to carry out his amnesty plans, which blatantly disregard our immigration laws.

Rep. Steve Womack, (R) Arkansas-3rd District added, “President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration were an attempt to legislate from the Oval office and overstepped his constitutional enumerated powers. I applaud the passage of this bill, which makes good on that promise with careful cuts and tough policy changes.”

The legislation faces tough prospects in the Senate and a veto threat from the president. But Republicans said they had to act against what they described as an unconstitutional overreach by President Obama.

The legislation would roll back executive actions Obama announced in November to extend temporary stays of deportation to around 4 million immigrants in the country illegally. It also would undo an earlier program that provided work permits and deportation protections to more than 600,000 immigrants who arrived illegally in the country as children.


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