Moving Forward on Immigration Reform…Or Not.

Immigration ReformToday, in a 224-201 vote, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to reject President Obama’s June 2012 policy to end deportation of immigrants who are in the country illegally but brought to the United States as children.

When Mr. Obama put the policy in place it was done by executive action, and it did not provide that class of undocumented immigrants legal status but it did protect them, for a two-year period, from deportation. Particularly notable is that the vote came about as the House completed its action on the Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

While Democrats who voted in support of the President’s policy did so on the basis of not punishing those who were brought to the U.S. through no fault of their own, the opposition – including Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) noted that any “changes to U.S. policy should be enacted by Congress, not orchestrated by the president.”

The policy is part of the overall DREAM Act; speculation is running rampant that this action by the House moves further away from any action that would award these immigrants legal status.

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