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15 House Republicans urge House to block funds for Obama's immigration orders

Monday, 30 March 2015

15 House Republicans urge House to block funds for Obama's immigration orders Fifteen House Republicans are urging House appropriators to block funds for President Obama's executive actions on immigration in the next spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The initiative comes just a few weeks after the House GOP relented on doing just that for the rest of this year after a grueling, months-long impasse. In a letter released Friday, the lawmakers requested that the DHS spending bill for the next fiscal year starting in October prohibit funding for Obama's most recent executive actions in November, as well as the programs to shield immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and the parents of legal citizens from deportation. Those programs are known respectively as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). "Our constituents sent us to Washington to put a stop to this nonsense," the lawmakers wrote to Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the DHS, and Rep. Lucille Roybal Allard (D-Calif.), the panel's top Democrat. The House Republicans maintained that the president's unilateral actions amounted to executive overreach. "The executive actions on immigration not only disregard the separation of powers, they are a slap in the face to millions seeking opportunity and yearning to be free but are unwilling to make their first actions toward that goal criminal," they said. The letter's signatories were GOP Reps. Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Jeff Miller (Fla.), Lou Barletta (Pa.), Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.), Jim Bridenstine (Okla.), Steve King (Iowa), Bob Gibbs (Ohio), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Tom McClintock (Calif.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Brian Babin (Texas), Rod Blum (Iowa) and Glenn Grothman (Wis.). The group is mostly comprised of prominent immigration hardliners like King, Gohmert, Huelskamp and Brooks. But it also includes one committee chairman: Miller, who chairs the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Source: The Hill

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