Past Features

August 2, 2012

House backs faster deportations,
cancels 'Dreamer' policy
Washington Times -- August 1, 2014   
    House Republicans resurrected their border bill Friday, powering it through on a late-evening near party-line vote and sending it over to a Senate that’s already gone home for a five-week summer vacation, leaving the border chaos unsolved.
    A day after they appeared gridlocked, GOP lawmakers went back and rewrote the bill with more conservative input, closing several loopholes Republicans feared President Obama could have used to avoid enforcing the new provisions designed to make it easier to deport the illegal immigrant children and families surging across the border. The bill also reimburses governors who deploy their National Guard troops to the border, and includes money to boost enforcement. [...]
    But Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, said the late-Friday vote was the act of “cowards,” and said attacking the DACA policy was anti-immigrant and anti-child.
    “The Republican position on immigration can be summed up as deport ‘em all,” Mr. Gutierrez said.
    The bill to halt DACA passed on a 216-192 vote.

ABP COMMENT: During yesterday's debate, Rep. Gutierrez repeatedly said that Republicans failed to complain about DACA after it was implemented in 2012. He said that Obama was re-elected with the public fully aware of his action, suggesting that it had been approved by voters. I hate to say I told you so, but I did. Before the election I said, "..failure of the Republican Party to point this out is tantamount to political malpractice."