Republican lawmakers in the US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to block President Barack Obama’s executive immigration initiatives, setting up a fresh clash between the GOP dominated Congress and the White House.
US representatives voted 236 to 191 to pass a $40 billion funding bill for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after attaching five controversial immigration amendments.
One of the amendments would block Obama’s 2012 initiative to defer deportation actions against immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children.
Another amendment prohibits any spending to implement Obama’s November executive order aimed at removing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.
However, the bill is unlikely to survive in its current form and Obama has threatened to veto the measure, which could lead to a partial shutdown of the DHS.
“Republicans have only been in control for a week and already they are picking an unnecessary political fight that risks shutting down the Department of Homeland Security and endangering our security,” said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.
“Republicans should stop playing games and pass a clean bill to fund (DHS).”
In November, Obama called the US immigration system “broke” and imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants.
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