House blocks president’s immigration plans

House Republicans voted to block major portions of President Barrack Obama’s immigration policies aimed at ending the administration’s programs to unilaterally protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. This action was taken on the Department of Homeland Security’s funding bill.

The bill would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which has stopped nearly 500,000 young undocumented immigrants called “dreamers” from being deported and allowing them to work legally. It would end the administration’s enforcement policies that limited deportations of people who weren’t criminals or serial immigration violators.

The bill faces difficulty in the Senate where a number of Senators have raised objections to the House’s action. Also, the administration has threatened to veto the bill if it includes the immigration provisions contained in the House bill. Current funding for the department ends on Feb. 28. 

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