On Friday evening the House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Tennessee congresswoman Marsha Blackburn that would keep President Obama from continuing or expanding his DACA executive amnesty program.
DACA, Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, was an executive order issued by President Obama in the summer of 2012 that granted amnesty to up to 1 million illegal immigrants that had been brought to the United States as children by their parents.
Blackburn’s DACA bill, H.R. 5272 would prohibit the federal government from making modifications to Obama’s original amnesty granting executive order that would expand the number of illegal immigrants eligable for it, the bill would also stop any authorization of any new deferred deportations, and would prohibit those illegal aliens from being able to work within the US.
11 House Republicans would vote against the bill, however as Roll Call reports not a one of them took to the House floor to explain why they were against Blackburn’s bill which was viewed as a necessary component to the House passing any legislation to address the flood of illegal immigrants from Central America crossing into Texas in the Rio Grande Valley.
Not every Republican voted “yes” on the bill on Friday night, but dissenters did not speak up on the House floor during debate. They chose instead to voice their frustrations in conversations with colleagues outside the parameters of the chamber, saying the decision to hold the vote was not politically advisable but stopping short of using the stormy rhetoric of their Democratic counterparts.
The challenge for some Republicans during this debate was that they agree that Obama has overstepped his constitutional bounds, but they support the general concept that the Dreamers should have some protections against deportation and pathways to legal status.
The 11 Republicans who voted to allow the continuation of Obama’s amnesty via executive fiat and leaves wide open the possibility that Obama will grant more amnesty by executive order are: Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), David Reichert (R-WA), David Valadao (R-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Joe Heck (R-NV), Fred Upton (R-MI), Mark Amodei (R-NV), and Mike Coffman (R-CO).
Over the weekend Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger’s spokesman, Zach Hunter, told Illinois Review why the man viewed as the “Young John McCain” voted against Blackburn’s DACA bill:
Congressman Kinzinger supported the original House language to curtail the administration’s deferred action program and has previously voted twice to repeal or defund it. However, last minute changes in legislative language were poorly constructed and would have made our already broken immigration system more confusing and inefficient.
So let me get this straight putting an end to Obama’s lawlessness and blocking him from doing what fellow Illinois congressman Lois Gutierrez has been begging Obama to do for months(grant amnesty to millions more illegals) would make our immigration system more confusing and inefficient.
Sorry not buying it.
It has been Obama’s abuse of his office, the granting of DACA amnesty in the first place, that has prompted many of the estimated 60,000 illegal immigrant minors to come here in the first place putting an enormous strain on the system.
The much more believable reasoning for why congressman Kinzinger voted against Blackburn’s bill is because he’s a supporter of “comprehensive immigration reform” i.e. amnesty.
In April Kinzinger and fellow Illinois Republican Aaron Schock each cut videos for a big gathering in Chicago put on by former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert that drew plenty of big names from both the GOP establishment and big business that was focused around one thing, Amnesty.
Kinzinger’s vote against Blackburn’s bill to stop more executive amnesty is even more troubling considering that in the days leading up to the vote Kinzinger was asking his constituents via social media for their input on what should be done about the immigration crisis and the overwhelming response he was given was that those here illegally had to be sent back to their country of origin.
cross posted from USofArn.com