Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
All that talk earlier this year about the GOP rebranding and learning its lesson from the 2012 election by reaching out to Latino voters was just that — talk. Actions speak louder than words. And today, the Tea-Publican Congress voted to deport the DREAMers. House Republicans Booed As They Vote To Deport DREAMers:
To a chorus of boos from the gallery, House Republicans voted 224-201 on Thursday to approve an amendment that defunds
the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The amendment, from
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), undercuts the flexibility that allows the
Department of Homeland Security to halt deporting DREAMers and instead
focus on people convicted of crimes.
After the vote, the House Hispanic Caucus tweeted,”House
Republicans just voted to treat DREAMers and undocumented spouses of
servicemembers in the same way as violent criminals.” Only six Republicans voted against the measure.
King, a virulently anti-immigrant [nativist] congressman, has already announced his intention to undermine any immigration reform effort. When Republicans last held a vote on a similar King amendment, it passed 238-175, with four Republicans voting against it.
But this time, the vote occurred at exactly the same time the House
means to march forward on an immigration reform bill that would give
DREAMers permanent legal status.
This afternoon, the White House press office slammed the “extreme amendment”:
This amendment, sponsored by Representative Steve King,
runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans. It asks law
enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent
criminals. It’s wrong. It’s not who we are. And it will not become law.