The House began two hours of debate on a bill Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September that Republicans are using as a vehicle to defund President Obama's executive action on immigration.

An hour's worth of debate on five amendments will commence Wednesday morning. Votes on amendments and final passage are expected no later than noon.

One of the most controversial amendments would defund President Obama's November action to delay deportations of up to five million undocumented immigrants. Another would roll back a 2012 order to allow immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to apply for work permits and avoid deportation under the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, warned that the legislation wouldn't be able to pass in the Senate.

"We all know the outcome of this very dangerous game. The legislation in this form will not be enacted," Lowey said.

Lowey accused Republicans of tempting another government shutdown despite bipartisan compromises for the underlying spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"It's taken less than two weeks for the Republican Congress to prove that it cannot govern responsibly," Lowey said.

But Republicans said the legislation was an opportunity to limit what they view as executive overreach from President Obama.

"The Constitution is not a mere suggestion whether the other sides likes it or not. And that's just the way it is," said Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas).

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) said the two-day debate would be remembered as "two of the saddest days in this House."

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Let's hope they have the stomach for this fight beyond just talking about it. I have my doubts

The repubs will give in like they always have. The have no balls to do the job they were elected to do.

Breitbart just reported that this was a RUSE!  To make us think they are doing the work for the people. That Boehner is drawing up separate bills for immigration reform for obama to introduce after obama vetos the bill Be on the lookout for this sham I'm calling and letting them know we know and warning the good guys in the senate if there are any

DOG and PONY SHOW !

jose serrano another illegal alien in da house huh......Freekin libs..

Any area they gain in stopping Obama and his shredding of the Constitution is worth it.  He is out of control.  His time is short and this destruction is mammoth and must continue.  So go ahead but never give up.

Exactly, Richard.

We need to start a PAC that will target Democratic Senators who stands on not just this issue but Keystone and any of the other bills that benefit America. 

What we need is a court and a few lawyers to try and find guilty all that

Has voted against the constitutiin in the past 50 years,including those in office now!!

Everyone knows the immigration system is broken. How do you repair this ailing system? Enforce the law. Immigration system fixed. Next problem ..

 

DAILY FLOOR WRAP UP

January 14, 2015

 

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

 

Aderholt (R-AL), Mulvaney (R-SC), Barletta (R-PA) – Amendment No. 1 – Prevents any funds from whatever source to be used to carry-out (1) the Executive actions announced on November 20, 2014 to grant deferred action to certain unlawful aliens and for other purposes, and (2) four of the “Morton Memos” on prosecutorial discretion and immigration enforcement priorities issued in 2011 and 2012 that effectively prevent certain classes of unlawful aliens from being removed from the country. 2) Declares that no funds may be used to carry-out any substantially similar policies to those defunded. 3) Declares that the policies defunded and any substantially similar policies have no statutory or constitutional basis and therefore no legal effect. 4) Provides that no funds may be used to grant any Federal benefit to any alien as a result of the policies defunded. – ADOPTED 237 – 190

 

Blackburn (R-TN) – Amendment No. 2 – Provides that no funds, including fees, may be used by the Department of Homeland Security to consider new, renewal or previously denied DACA applications. – ADOPTED 218 – 209  

 

DeSantis (R-FL), Roby (R-AL) – Amendment No. 3 – Ensures that aliens convicted of sex offenses and domestic violence are top priorities for removal by DHS. – ADOPTED 278 – 149

 

Salmon, (R-AZ), Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) – Amendment No. 4 – Expresses a sense of Congress that the Executive Branch should not pursue policies that disadvantage the hiring of U.S. citizens and those lawfully present in the United States by making it economically advantageous to hire workers who came to the country illegally. – ADOPTED 253 – 171

 

Schock (R-IL) – Amendment No. 5 – Sense of Congress that the Administration should stop putting the interest of immigrants who worked within the legal framework to come to the US behind those who came here illegally. –ADOPTED 260 – 167

 

Democrat Motion to Recommit – FAILED 184 – 244

 

Final Passage of H.R. 240 — "Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes." – PASSED 236 – 191

 

Democrat Motion to Recommit – FAILED 183 – 242

 

Final Passage of H.R. 37 — "To make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to enhance the ability of small and emerging growth companies to access capital through public and private markets, to reduce regulatory burdens, and for other purposes." – PASSED 271 – 154

 

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New York's Green Light Law - Allows Illegal Aliens To Get Driver’s Licenses

New York passed a law to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses earlier this year but it was held up by challenges.

Now it is set to take effect this week.

In typical leftist fashion, supporters claim this is going to somehow make New York’s roads safer for everyone.

Could it really be about voting?

FOX News reports:

Illegal immigrants to be able to get driver’s licenses in NY after legal challenge fails.

Illegal immigrants in New York will able to obtain driver’s licenses starting next week after a last-minute legal challenge was dismissed — making it the 13th state to allow the practice, but one that critics say is unconstitutional.

The Green Light Law, signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year, allows anyone to apply for a driver’s license regardless of immigration status and does not require a Social Security number.

Illegal immigrants can use a combination of documents that include a valid passport from a foreign country and a valid foreign driver’s license, as long as it has been expired for less than two years.

“After waiting 18 years to have their right to drive restored, thanks to our legislature, New York can now officially join 12 other states in making driver’s licenses legally available to all residents,” New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Steve Choi said in a statement this week, arguing that it will make roads safer and the economy stronger.

County clerks in New York have concerns and are sounding an alarm.

CBS News in Albany reports:

County clerks concerned by loopholes in Green Light law.

Undocumented immigrants now have the green light to get a driver’s license in New York…but several county clerks in the Capital Region are concerned.

Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner said, “We found that everything we were concerned about as far as fraud and all sorts of other things are in that bill, in that regulation and we’re very concerned.”

Hayner tells CBS6’s Lynsey Smith there are a few loopholes in the Green Light Law.

Loopholes, such as a person coming in to get their license and not having to provide their social security number.

“That could lead to criminals coming from other states, coming in and use that as a way to defraud by just simply saying they don’t have a social security number…and that’s a very dangerous loophole,” replied Hayner.

Does anyone believe this is going to make New York safer or that this is really about driving?

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