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GOP-led House votes to block President Obama's immigration orders

January 14, 2015
In The News

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House Wednesday approved legislation to block President Barack Obama's major immigration executive orders, despite a threatened veto and complaints from some Republicans the bill is too harsh and won't make it through the GOP-led Senate.

One amendment would block the president's November executive order deferring temporarily deportations of some illegal immigrants, mostly parents of children who are citizens with permanent legal status.

Another would block the president's 2012 order granting work permits and stays of deportation for children who were brought to the United States before they were 16.

Freshman Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, said the GOP had no choice to act against what he labeled unconstitutional overreach by the president.

"Not only was the president's executive order unconstitutional, it was also a quick fix to a problem that needs serious attention. I support finding a viable, long-term solution to our immigration crisis. I'm confident that we as House Republicans will find that solution, but we must do it the right way. Executive action that ignores our laws and the legislative body is the wrong way to approach this topic," said Abraham, who replaced former Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, to represent the 5th Congressional District.

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