House Passes Stopgap Immigration Bill–House GOP United
The House finally passed a tougher immigration bill, but it doesn’t really matter because the Senate already left for its recess. The House bill provides $694 million for dealing with the border crisis–but forces Barack Obama, who asked for over $3 billion, to confront a largely united House GOP. However, four Republicans still voted against the bill, notably the immigration patriot Walter Jones.
This crisis is still developing.
The 223 – 189 vote came after an initial attempt at a border supplement failed to make it to the floor Thursday due to lack of support.
Late-night meetings and tweaks to the original bills found members emerging from a Friday morning House GOP conference meeting expressing optimism about the prospects of passing a supplemental border bill to help alleviate the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied minors and family units illegally crossing the southern border.
According to Fox News’ Chad Pergram, four Republicans voted “no” (Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Stephen Fincher (R-TN), Walter Jones (R-NC) and Paul Broun (R-GA) and one Democrat voted “yes” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX).
A bill targeting President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is now set to be brought to the floor following the border supplement. Many Republicans have pointed to the presidents’ DACA program — which shields certain illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation — as inciting the flood of illegal immigration.
[Border Bill Passes House, by Carolina May, Breitbart, August 1, 2014]