Today the House of Representatives voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security with measures that block protections for undocumented immigrants.
According to USA Today:
“House members voted 236-191 to pass a $40 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security after first approving five controversial immigration amendments. One would derail Obama’s latest immigration action while another would cut off funding for his 2012 program that gave protection from deportation and work permits to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.”
In essence, the GOP controlled House voted to put millions of undocumented people back at risk for deportation. What the GOP majority in the Senate will do is unclear because law makers in the upper chamber might not want to head towards a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Democrats are expected to filibuster.
Congressman Ben Ray Luján, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said the following in a statement, “House Republicans proved today that they are willing to play politics with our Homeland Security in an effort to cater to the extreme elements of their party who want to restart the deportations of kids who are here through no fault of their own and want to build a better life for themselves and their communities. Republicans continue to move further and further to the right on immigration rather than try to work across the aisle to actually strengthen families, our economy, and our country.”