House Republicans Proposed New Bill Banning Future DACA Eligibility for Undocumented Immigrants
While the House GOP scrambled to pass the $659 million emergency immigration border bill, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., "quickly cobbled" legislation banning President Barack Obama from granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants.
Blackburn's bill, H.R.5272, was introduced in the House on July 30. Consisting on two pages, the legislation's title, as introduced, is "To prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States, and for other purposes."
The main target of the bill is the undocumented immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that has stopped the deportation of nearly 500,000 undocumented youths. The legislation noted that "no agency or instrumentality of the Federal government" should issue " guidance, memorandums, regulations, policies, or other similar instruments the effect" to expand the number of undocumented immigrations eligible for DACA. The bill would also grant undocumented people to work in the U.S. if he or she was "not lawfully admitted" to the U.S. and complied to immigration laws.
"It is extraordinary that the House of Representatives, after failing for more than a year to reform our broken immigration reform system, would vote to restrict a law enforcement tool that the Department of Homeland Security uses to focus resources on key enforcement priorities like public safety and border security, and provide temporary relief from deportation for people who are low priorities for removal," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement on Thursday.
Obama used his executive authority to start DACA for DREAMers in 2012, and it has been considered one of the "most significant progress" toward immigration reform in recent years.
Blackburn has been vocal on Obama's executive authority use. She voted in favor of the litigation against Obama, and said, "The Constitution grants Congress the power to make laws, not the President. Yet, President Obama has repeatedly tried to circumvent Congress by dictating his own laws. The most glaring example of this is President Obama's numerous changes to his own health care law -- none of which were authorized by Congress. This is not a partisan issue."
Blackburn also referred Obama's behavior as "lawless" and said the lawsuit is an "appropriate step to restore order."
As Latin Post reported, House Republicans abandoned efforts to pass the $659 million immigration bill because of insufficient votes within the party.
After the bill was withdrawn, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, "There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries.
"Through an inclusive process, a border bill was built by listening to members and the American people that has the support not just of a majority of the majority in the House, but most of the House Republican Conference. We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country."
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