By David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

June 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, 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 called the DREAM Act to stop deportations of many individuals who could benefit from it. 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 vote was largely symbolic, since 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, a Republican, said in a statement that the vote prohibits the administration “from implementing executive amnesty” without congressional action. “Bipartisan support for my amendment is the first test of the 113th Congress in the House of
Representatives on immigration. My amendment blocks many of the provisions that are mirrored in the Senate’s ‘Gang of Eight’ bill.

If this position holds, no amnesty will reach the President’s desk,” he said.

The vote took place as Senate leaders set Friday for the opening of debate on White House-backed legislation that would create a chance at citizenship for those in the country unlawfully, at the same time it takes steps to assure the borders are secure against future illegal immigration.

The measure was drafted by a bipartisan group of eight senators, then approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on a vote of 13-8. It also creates a new low-skilled guest-worker program, expands the number of visas available for high-tech industry workers and reorders the system for legal immigration that has been in place for decades.

Debate is expected to consume weeks on the Senate floor as lawmakers of differing views try to change it more to their liking. Notably, Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who was part of the group that drafted the legislation and is a potential
presidential candidate in 2016, is saying he wants changes before he will support it on final passage. His office did not respond to a request for reaction to the House vote.

In the House, 221 Republicans and three Democrats voted for King’s proposal, while 195 Democrats and six Republicans opposed it.

“I can’t believe they just did that,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat and a leading supporter of the DREAM Act. Ana Avendano of the AFL-CIO labor federation, said in a statement that King and his allies are playing to “a dwindling base of anti-immigrant
Republican primary voters. We hope and expect that the leadership of the Republican party will understand that this is not only abhorrent policy but suicidal politics.”

Speaking to a group of reporters, a White House official, Cecilia Munoz, said, “If part of what is driving this debate is a recognition, particularly on the Republican side, that they need to do better with the Latino community, this is really not the right way.”

Latino voters were overwhelmingly for Obama in the 2012 election.

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  • Delia
    7 June 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Finally , I absolutely agree , theres an existing law follow it and deport all the criminal law breakers , the sooner the better.

  • jorge buesa
    8 June 2013 at 1:39 am - Reply

    Delia your RIGHT ! I absolutely agree with you deport all crminal law breakers the sooner the better ! ! So America can save Money give the Money to the REAL people who came to AMERICA THE RIGHTWAY ! !

    • Delia
      10 June 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

      Too many (on both sides) profit one way or another from ILLEGAL aliens, while Middle America gets stuck with the social pathologies… crime, gangs, illegitimacy’s, dropouts, barrio blight, bilingual dysfunction, and inevitable government dependence of the poor and ignorant.

      Other countries rightly scoff at our lax enforcement…only Canada besides us even still has birthright citizenship for interlopers. Multiculturalism is a facile, foolish and failed theory of the Left. A nation without borders and a unifying culture soon ceases to be a nation.

      • buloknaisda
        11 June 2013 at 9:49 am - Reply

        Etong Delia na ito ay isang komunista.. Malamang nagtatago ito sa kung saan mang sulok ng mundong ito. Malaki ang galit sa gobyerno.

        • jr(catholic counter capitalist)
          11 June 2013 at 10:21 pm - Reply

          I beg to differ. Hindi sya communista. She is an extreme right wing fascist like a nazi that communists have nothing to do with. All the social pathologies she describes including herself indicative of her so pangit na ugali are not rooted from undocumented immugrantion issues. These problems she is referring to are in fact the problems of native born citizens of this country because of capitalism, love of money by the rich capitalists, unewual distribution of wealth because of capitalism, greed for large profits. It is a domineering, abusive, invasive system. In other words, IT IS EVIL, just like Delia!

  • buloknaisda
    10 June 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Didn’t the now undocumented aliens came in America the right way ? If so, who are those people you are talking about. The only REAL illegal aliens are those who crossed the borders between Mexico and US. Other aliens came in here the right way. Overstaying tourists did not come here without getting through Immigration and Customs. So you are saying that they did not come here the right way? Dumb holes !

  • jr(catholic counter capitalist)
    10 June 2013 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    it is not nice to be vindictive towards people who we think oare lawbreakers. If we trully care about them we shshould help them out. Anti “illegal immigration” is just a fsacade name for anti cathlolicism, anti immigrants, anti minority that hate groups like the tea party and the right wing conservative ideology subscribes to.

  • buloknaisda
    12 June 2013 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Tama ka hindi nga sya komunista. Isa syang extremist at wala sa lugar. Pero kung titignan mo ang mga sinasabi nya, hindi nya pala kayang ipaglaban ang paniniwala nya, ngayon na parehong republicans at democrats ang nagkakasundo sa immigration reform, bigla syang nagsabi na both parties will benefit from it. Ang lakas ng loob magsalita nyan duwag naman pala !

  • O
    19 June 2013 at 1:30 am - Reply

    If your driver license expires and you continue to drive, once you are caught driving without a license you get punished. Expired visas makes the alien illegal, not undocumented alien. you do not want to be an illegal alien?, then you must apply for visa renewal. Why people with expired visas do not apply for renewal is simple, 99% of the time you will be denied for not being qualified, therefore you must go home where you originated from or be deported per the INS laws. Overstaying with expired visas is illegal, criminal for falsifying public documents to either procure jobs or benefits.