House Votes to Undo Immigration Policies

In an assault on one of President Barack Obama’s top domestic priorities, House Republicans approved measures Wednesday that would overturn his immigration actions and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children.

Despite a White House veto threat, Republicans attached language blocking Obama’s immigration initiatives to legislation providing nearly $40 billion to finance the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year.

The broader bill was expected to be approved later in the day.

Republicans said Obama’s executive actions on immigration were an unconstitutional overreach that must be stopped.

“If in the future a Republican president does the same thing, I will be the first to be here with you to stand against that to fight back,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina. “Law is not made at the White House.”

But Rep. Luis Guiterrez, D-Ill., accused Republicans of “viciousness” for trying to make it easier to deport immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., called the GOP effort “a political vendetta,” adding, “It’s a reprehensible, reckless tactic which will compromise, has already compromised, the full and effective functioning of our Homeland Security Department” at a time of heightened security risks.