House votes to block DREAM Act

ASSOCIATED PRESS California students picket for the DREAM Act in June 2012. The legislation, proposed by President Obama, would have stopped the deportation of millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.
ASSOCIATED PRESS California students picket for the DREAM Act in June 2012. The legislation, proposed by President Obama, would have stopped the deportation of millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.
Posted: June 07, 2013

WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House voted yesterday to resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, a largely symbolic move in the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress this year and a measure of the daunting challenge facing supporters of a sweeping overhaul of existing law on the subject.

The party-line vote of 224-201 was aimed at blocking implementation of President Barack Obama's 2012 election-year order to stop deportations of many so-called DREAM Act individuals. Democrats on the House floor reacted with boos when the provision was added to a routine spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

The administration has threatened to veto the overall legislation on budgetary grounds. It nevertheless stood as a stark warning from conservatives who dominate the ranks of the Republican House majority about attempts in the Senate to grant a chance at citizenship to an estimated 11 million immigrants residing in the country illegally.

And the White House reacted sharply, saying the House-passed measure would 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."

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said in a statement that the vote prohibits the administration "from implementing executive amnesty" without congressional action.

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