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    House GOP Blocks Obama Administration On Immigration

    House GOP Blocks Obama Administration On Immigration


    Posted: 06/03/2015 8:41




    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans voted Wednesday to block the Obama administration from spending any money to defend against a lawsuit over the president's immigration policies.

    The 222-204 vote came on an amendment by leading immigration hardliner Rep. Steve King of Iowa to a spending bill for the Commerce and Justice Departments.

    House Republicans spent weeks earlier this year trying to overturn President Barack Obama's executive actions from last fall that granted work permits and stays of deportation to millions of immigrants living in this country illegally. The House efforts were unsuccessful, but Republicans have claimed success anyway, noting that the policies have been put on hold by a federal judge in a lawsuit by a group of states seeking to overturn the actions.

    More than two dozen states argued that Obama's executive action was unconstitutional.

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear arguments next month in the lawsuit. King's amendment would block the administration from spending any money to defend against it.

    It was one of a handful of immigration-related amendments offered by King and approved by the GOP-controlled House.

    By voice vote, the House adopted an amendment that would block spending for trade deals that add visas.

    The House also voted 227-198 for an amendment that would block certain federal funds to localities that refuse to report names to federal immigration authorities. That's become an issue in recent months as localities refused to participate in a federal program that turns over the names of people picked up for crimes to federal immigration authorities.

    "All we're saying is follow the law. ... They are undermining the rule of law," said King.

    Democrats objected to his approach.

    "This is not the appropriate bill for this," said Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa.

    The spending bill has already drawn a veto threat from the White House over cuts in domestic programs, and the addition of the immigration measures will only harden the administration opposition.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/0...usaolp00000592

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    House votes to block Obama from defending immigration actions in court

    House votes to block Obama from defending immigration actions in court



    By Cristina Marcos - 06/03/15 06:42 PM EDT


    The House on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to block the Obama administration from further pursuing its legal defense of the president’s executive actions to shield illegal immigrants from deportation.


    Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) amendment to the annual funding bill for the Justice Department passed on a party-line, 222-204 vote. Nineteen Republicans voted with all Democrats in opposition.


    King, one of the most vocal opponents of illegal immigration, said his amendment would prevent the administration from using taxpayer dollars to defend what he described as its “unconstitutional executive amnesty position.”


    “A lot of money has been spent and wasted in an attempt to, let’s say — the gracious way to say it would be to stretch the Constitution beyond any bounds that it had been stretched before,” King said.
    Twenty-six states, led by Texas, are suing the administration to challenge the constitutionality of the executive actions. A Texas district court judge in February issued a preliminary injunction to temporarily freeze the immigration executive actions announced by President Obama after the November midterm elections.

    Last week, a three-judge panel from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Obama administration an emergency request to lift the hold on the executive actions. The court will hear oral arguments in July in New Orleans to appeal the Texas judge’s decision.


    Democrats dismissed King’s proposal as circumventing due process. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, maintained that the president acted within his constitutional authority.


    “It is unfair for us to deny the executive branch an opportunity to put forth its arguments in court,” Fattah said.


    The Pennsylvania Democrat noted that the legal process takes time, saying, “the wheels of justice grind slowly.”


    King offered a second amendment, adopted by voice vote, that would prohibit the use of funds to negotiate immigrant visas as part of a trade agreement. The wide-ranging appropriations measure also includes funding for the Commerce Department.


    Obama administration officials and the House Ways and Means Committee have maintained that the Asia-Pacific trade deal would not impact U.S. immigration policy. King maintained that his amendment should consequently be easy for supporters of Obama’s trade agenda to endorse.


    “It has been an important issue to maintain the separation of immigration policy and the Congress from the executive branch negotiations in trade,” King said.


    Fattah suggested prohibiting discussion of a topic over the course of international trade negotiations would be unrealistic.

    “I may not support what he negotiates, but to say you can’t even discuss something in a negotiation I think is unfortunate,” Fattah said.

    The House is expected to take up legislation in the next few weeks to grant the president “fast-track” authority to negotiate trade deals by preventing Congress from amending them.


    Wednesday’s votes marked the second time in recent weeks the House has voted on immigration policy. House Republicans stripped a provision in the annual defense authorization last month that would have edged toward allowing illegal immigrants to enlist in the military.


    The 19 Republicans who voted against the amendment were primarily centrists and lawmakers who represent large Hispanic populations.

    They were Reps. Mike Coffman (Colo.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Jeff Denham (Calif.), Mario Díaz-Balart (Fla.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Dan Donovan (N.Y.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Bill Johnson (Ohio), David Jolly (Fla.), John Katko (N.Y.), King, Tom MacArthur (N.J.), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Devin Nunes (Calif.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) and David Valadao (Calif.).


    http://thehill.com/policy/finance/24...tions-in-court

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    Well, that is GREAT NEWS. Shut 'em down. Yippee! I can't wait to see the DHS Budget for the coming year! It better have immigration riders up the kazoo so we can shut down DHS's role in granting work permits to illegal aliens and the IRS budget that prohibits handing out tax credits to illegal aliens.

    GO HOUSE GO! Lets go Republicans. It's why you were elected and given control of both chambers. We know we need 6 more Republicans in the Senate, but if between all of you in the majority you can't convince 6 Blue Dog Democrats in the Senate to stand up for American Workers, American Citizens, American Taxpayers and American Voters, then we've missed some void in your skill sets.

    Maybe a new Senate Majority Leader would help. Clue, Clue, Hint, Hint.

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    June 06, 2013, 02:45 pm

    House votes to defund Obama's 'administrative amnesty' for immigrants


    By Pete Kasperowicz
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    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) sponsored the amendment to the 2014 Department of Homeland Security spending bill, and called for its passage in late Wednesday debate by saying Obama's orders — also known as the Morton memos — violate the Constitution.

    "The point here is … the President does not have the authority to waive immigration law, nor does he have the authority to create it out of thin air, and he's done both with these Morton memos in this respect," King said.

    King added that while the government has prosecutorial discretion, Obama does not have the authority to create classes of people who are exempt from the law through an executive order.

    Democrats said King's language is a "poison pill" that would not survive final passage, and that the Supreme Court has ruled that the executive branch has the right to prioritize cases through an order.

    "So for the gentleman to argue that there is some constitutional infirmity with deferred action is wrong," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said in response to King's arguments. "He's wrong on the law. He's wrong on his constitutional argument."

    The House agreed with King and voted in favor of his amendment in a mostly partisan 224-201 vote. That's a smaller margin than the 238-175 vote in favor of the same language in 2012, when Republicans had a wider majority.

    King's amendment was among the last to be considered to the DHS spending bill. Members also considered amendments from:

    — Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), reallocating $10 million in funds to boost wildfire suppression efforts. Passed 287-136.

    — Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), preventing the Transportation Security Administration from operating outside airports. Failed 196-225. The House rejected a similar amendment from Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) on Wednesday.

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    H.Amdt.350 to H.R.2578114th Congress (2015-2016)

    AMENDMENT

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    Amends Bill: H.R.2578 — Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
    Sponsor: Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Offered 06/03/2015)
    Latest Action: On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment (A082) Agreed to by recorded vote: 222 - 204 (Roll no. 293). (06/03/2015)




    Description: H.Amdt. 350 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)


    As of 06/04/2015 the description for this amendment has not been received.
    Purpose:

    An amendment No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in the Fifth Circuit Court case of Texas v. U.S.
    House Amendment Code:

    (A082)
    House Tally Clerks use this code to manage amendment information.

    FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 293(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)
    H R 2578 RECORDED VOTE 3-Jun-2015 6:35 PM
    AUTHOR(S): King of Iowa Amendment No. 3
    QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Amendment

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    REPUBLICAN 222 19 3
    DEMOCRATIC 185 3
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    “It is unfair for us to deny the executive branch an opportunity to put forth its arguments in court,” Fattah said.
    What is UNFAIR is for any employee of American Citizens to be scheming in any forum on any level to grant amnesty of any kind to any illegal alien so they can steal jobs from Americans, deflate wages for Americans with jobs, rob benefits from our taxpayer funded programs in play to help US citizens and legal immigrants, receive tax credit welfare from the IRS for jobs they aren't supposed to have with SSN's they aren't entitled to without returns verifying income they weren't supposed to earn in the first place.

    You people who support amnesty for illegal aliens instead of deportation and removal are nothing but traitors, thieves, liars and cheats on the take with drug cartels behind this disaster.
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    I am not a lawyer, but I wonder if this will slow the court action down trying to be lenient and understanding while Obama raises money to pay for defense of DACA? I hope it doesn't, but even a gift horse has to be looked at in the mouth to determine what you have received.

    Otherwise, I am elated over this, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinssdad View Post
    I am not a lawyer, but I wonder if this will slow the court action down trying to be lenient and understanding while Obama raises money to pay for defense of DACA? I hope it doesn't, but even a gift horse has to be looked at in the mouth to determine what you have received.

    Otherwise, I am elated over this, too.
    Yes! Elated is the word!

    The Executive Branch has no spending authority outside of Congress, so it shouldn't impact the courts decisions at all, which doesn't mean it won't, but that it shouldn't. I sure hope not anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    What is UNFAIR is for any employee of American Citizens to be scheming in any forum on any level to grant amnesty of any kind to any illegal alien so they can steal jobs from Americans, deflate wages for Americans with jobs, rob benefits from our taxpayer funded programs in play to help US citizens and legal immigrants, receive tax credit welfare from the IRS for jobs they aren't supposed to have with SSN's they aren't entitled to without returns verifying income they weren't supposed to earn in the first place.
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