The Republican-led U.S. House has voted to undermine President Barack Obama’s immigration policies.
The House has approved legislation to eliminate new protections from deportation for some 4-million immigrants in the country illegally, enacted by Obama through executive order, and a 2012 policy that granted work permits and stays of deportation to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children.
The measures were amended to a bill that would provide nearly $40-billion to fund the Homeland Security Department.
Missouri’s Congressional delegation voted along party lines in favor of the package and the three immigration policy amendments 6-2, with the state’s six Republicans favoring them and its two Democrats opposing.
West-central Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R) said in a statement she has been an “outspoken critic of President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration,” which she said, “blatantly disregard our immigration laws.”
She says the citizens of her district, “have made it very clear that while they support legal immigration, they want people to follow the law and expect our President to honor them as well.”
The office of North Missouri Congressman Sam Graves (R) issued a statement in which he said the president’s actions on immigration, “not only reward those who cheated the system and punish those who went through the legal immigration process, but are also a blatant disregard for the Constitution.”
East-central Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (R) office issued a statement saying, “the House acted to combat the president’s unconstitutional power grab.”
The Senate is not expected to pass the bill as it left the House. With 54 members, Republicans have a majority in the Senate but lack the 60 votes necessary to advance bills.