The House has voted to overturn President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The Senate still needs to vote to make it pass.
On Wednesday, the 237-190 vote was based on a bill to give $40 billion to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the budget year (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015).
The first amendment that passed 237-190 would nullify the executive actions Obama announced in November that provided 3 year stays of deportation, along with work permits, to around 4 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. The second amendment passed more narrowly at 218-209, and that would block Obama’s 2012 policy to grant work permits and stays of deportation to more than 600,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children.
Republicans argue that Obama’s actions were unconstitutional and must be stopped. Democrats are accusing Republicans of compromising the full and effective functioning Homeland Security Department at a time where threats are higher.
Obama has threatened to veto their legislation, and even Republicans have acknowledged that the Senate will most likely vote against the bill. If the Senate votes against it, Republicans will be forced to end the Homeland Security funding bill since the Homeland Security money expires at the end of February.