House Votes to Reverse Obama’s Immigration Executive Order
On January 14th, the House of Representatives voted to try and block President Obama’s Executive Order relating to Immigration announced last November. In a 236-191 vote, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill aimed to defund major parts of President’ Obama’s plan. The vote triggers negotiations with the House and the Senate over the funding for the Department of Homeland Security that expires at the end of February.
While this move very clearly shows the Republican Party’s disdain for President Obama’s attempt at immigration reform, arguing his solo move was an abuse of power, the bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate, which is dominated by Democrats. On the unlikely chance the bill passes through Congress, President Obama would likely use his executive authority to veto it.
There is clearly a need for bipartisanship and compromise between the two parties for immigration reform to be accomplished.