Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) gave an update on the state of play for comprehensive immigration reform in the House. “We will have a bill week after next,” Gutierrez said today off the House floor.
It was a rough ride in the House this week for immigration reform as one member of the House’s “gang of 8,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) dropped out of the group. Today, House Republicans added the “King Amendment,” offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), to the larger 2014 Department of Homeland Security spending bill.
King’s amendment passed 224-201. Only 6 Republicans in the House voted against the measure and ony 3 Democrats voted in favor of it.
Republicans argue that a part of an order by President Obama allowing officials to focus deportation efforts on illegal immigrants somehow discourages enforcement again children brought to the U.S. by parents illegally. Republicans call Obama’s orders “administrative amnesty.”
“The President does not have the authority to waive immigration law, nor does he have the authority to create it out of thin air, and he’s done both with these Morton memos in this respect,” King said regarding his amendment.