House GOP Votes to Deport Children Of Illegal Immigrants
[su_right_ad]In the US House of Representatives Wednesday morning, legislators from both parties debated amendments to the Department of Homeland Security funding bill that would undercut President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which the President has already promised to veto. Despite several of his colleagues’ insistence that this has everything to do with immigration, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) took to the House floor to explain that his party was striking a blow against a “lawless” president. If you want to have a little fun with this, take a drink every time Boehner says “and I quote…”, or as Boehner calls it, “warming up.”
That all makes total sense, right? If someone gets a DUI, you obviously cut off funding for his gas money. This should completely satisfy the anti-immigration hardliners in the Republican conference.
Following that rousing speech, the House voted on the measures, and while the final bill passed by a convincing-enough margin of 237-190, there were ten Republican defections. Justin Amash (R-MI), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), Robert Dold (R-IL), Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and David Valadao (R-CA) all voted against the final bill, while two Democrats, Brad Ashford (D-NE) and Collin Peterson (D-MN). defected and voted yes.
That’s not earth-shaking, but it does show the general contours of the immigration rift among Republicans. Much more ominous is the vote total for another amendment, this one to defund the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a much more popular action that affects hundreds of thousands of so-called DREAMers, and has been in effect since 2012. That amendment was…READ MORE