House GOP Doubles Down On Bigotry With Vote To Stop Obama’s Immigration Executive Order

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On a 237-190 vote, the Republican-controlled U.S. House has voted to cancel President Obama’s executive order on immigration. That order brought temporary deportation relief to around four million immigrants here illegally who met certain criteria.

With today’s vote, a majority of Republican members of Congress made it be known that they have no interest in providing deportation relief for immigrant families. Instead, they would rather placate the angry white xenophobes who make up a substantial portion of their voting base. Of course, while that strategy may be the best way to stave off GOP primary challenges in deep red congressional districts, it does put the party at risk in national elections. Hispanic voters can prove decisive in pivotal swing states like Colorado and Nevada. By their action Wednesday, the Republican Party may have kissed those states goodbye again in 2016.

The Latino vote went 44 percent for George W. Bush in 2004. Bush, despite his many political shortcomings, never practiced demagoguery on the immigration issue. However, since the emergence of the tea party faction in the GOP ranks, the Latino vote has become increasingly Democratic. Mitt Romney garnered just 27 percent of the Latino vote in 2012. While the few remaining moderate voices in the Republican Party have called for a softening of the party’s stance on immigration issues, the core of the party continues to cater to anti-immigrant bigotry. Today’s vote represents a significant doubling down on that dubious political strategy.

Another amendment passed, designed to overturn Obama’s 2012 policy which granted work permits and stays of deportations to immigrants who arrived illegally as children. That measure passed 218-209. Both measures are likely to further alienate Latino voters. They will head to the Senate next, but should they pass through the Senate, they are almost certain to be vetoed by the president. Congress will not have enough votes to override a presidential veto, but they do have enough votes recorded to show where the Republican Party stands on immigration.

46 Replies to “House GOP Doubles Down On Bigotry With Vote To Stop Obama’s Immigration Executive Order”

  1. I wonder how many people are as outraged as I am over the Republican takeover, and the damage they are doing to this country in the short time since they have become the majority. I’m not the least bit surprised they did this today, and will not be surprised at the bigoted legislation to come in the next two years. Thanks to all of those who sat out the midterms, and sat on their lazy, self indulent asses instead of voting, we are now seeing the results of just how racists, bigoted and irreprehensible the GOP is. The Latino community better wake up and realize if you voted Republican, you voted against your own future in this country. Surely the President will veto this piece of shit legislation, but it doesn’t mean the Republicans will give up. That’s how they roll.

  2. Not to be rude, but if anyone had to wait for today’s vote to know that the GOP has no interest in providing deportation relief, then they haven’t been paying much attention.

    This didn’t start with today’s vote. The Republicans have been telegraphing their agenda for years.

    Which makes me wonder…If we know who they are and what they want to do, why in the name of all that is holy do people keep voting for them? More importantly, why in the name of heaven do Democrats not get their asses out and vote in mid-term elections?

    ALL elections have consequences and we only have two parties to choose from.

    It’s high time to pick a side.

  3. I think anti-immigrant bigotry is incorrect, we are anti- illegal immigrant bigots. And of course the Hispanic vote is going to go to democrats,no big surprise it is the democratic party that is promising them immunity to our laws if they vote democrat. Follow the rules and they would be legal immigrants with all the freedoms we can offer.

  4. Why is it always Hispanics that are illegals? There is a fair amount of fair skinned illegals that lives in the US or do they get a pass because they look like you?

  5. Tim, you stated “… the democratic party that is promising them immunity to our laws if they vote democrat.”.
    Who has made this promise of immunity if you vote democrate? I have never seen a statement like this spoken or written by anyone.
    if they achieved the right to vote, who says they can’t vote for a republican? or is it just pure speculation?

  6. Ugh….these poor people keep waiting and waiting, and the rethugs continue to play politics with their life’s denying them a pathway to citizenship. I’m so sorry for them!

  7. So they’ve voted to nullify the President’s actions.
    WHAT, pray tell, then, is the GOP plan for dealing with immigration? Do they intend to round up and deport every immigrant who’s here without legal status? If so, have they ponied up the monies to fund the Border Patrol, the USCIS, and Homeland Security, to cover the costs of their (presumed) plan?

    In short — it’s yet another case of the GOP in Congress screaming that they don’t like whatever it is that Mr. Obama is doing. And, at the same time, offering nothing in terms of counterproposal.

    What a bunch of screaming, foot-stomping, four-year-olds!

  8. Tim,

    Sorry to disillusion you, but the ridiculous requirements to become a citizen must be corrected.

    Repigs are demanding ‘fines’ and ‘get in line’ and lots of things that cost tons of money while immigrants working for menial wages do not have dollars floating around to pay lawyers.

    It costs about $8,000 in legal fees to become a citizen. Do you have that kind of money to pay a lawyer? I don’t and I’ve worked for lawyers for 40 years.

  9. It’s difficult not to get dosed with it in this society, where we get steeped in some downright inflammatory images from birth, like (if you’ll pardon the expression) tea bags in hot water. One step towards correction is realizing our perceptions have been stained by it. A second is finding one or more media monitoring sites that can keep us apprised of selective coverage and slanted entertainment. And then, when we know what we’re talking about, start speaking up.

  10. if anyone had to wait for today’s vote to know that the GOP has no interest in providing deportation relief, then they haven’t been paying much attention.
    ““““““““

    Sigh…

    If anyone thinks this isn’t all kabuki then you haven’t been paying attention either.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a full day ahead…

    …values to twist and minds to warp you know.

  11. You asked “how many people are as outraged as I am over the Republican takeover”? Evedently not many that’s why the repubs OVERWHELMINGLY have taken both houses of congress. The republicans knew full well this legislation would not pass but was a statement of defiance to an unlawfull act by an unlawful president. Only congress can enact laws. The president is supposed to uphold them. Oh but not this king he thinks he is above our constitution. Why do you say “The Latino community better wake up and realize if you voted Republican, you voted against your own future in this country”. Are you an American first (assuming you are one) or are you latino first. I don’t care what color someone is if they came here ILLEGALY, I want them deported. Oh but your king not only won’t deport them he orders felony criminal illegals to be released. What part of the word ILLEGAL can’t leftist understand? Obama doesn’t give a whit about these people he just wants to further his socialist ideolo…

  12. The president did nothing unlawful, or nothing that previous presidents have done

    The president has deported far more illegals then Bush or any past president.

    The non deportation only applies to people here with children that were born here

    You ruined it all when you went socialist. Have any idea how stupid and gullible you are?

  13. In case you didnt know it, the president has latitude on how he applies laws. He enver created a law, he interpreted one already on the books which is his right.

    In case I didnt ask before, Have any idea how stupid and gullible you are?

  14. BTW, the lowest number of people voted in this election that have voted ina very long time. It just happened more republicans voted.

    The majority of the people in this country want Illegals treated well and do not agree with your hate

  15. Equipman,

    Did your ancestors come here legally?

    Conservatives keep accusing Obama of being a king. Exactly how has he acted like a king? Because he issues executive orders? I hate to break this to you, but EVERY president in modern history has issued executive orders! So why can’t Obama?

  16. So the pres did nothing illegal huh. How about a quote or two: March 28, 2011, “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case. … There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignoring those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.” July 25, 2011,
    “Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. … But that’s not how – that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.” I could site more of his drivel but why. Was he wrong then or is he wrong now like many constitutional scholars (including Obama) have pointed out. Don’t conflate getting away with something as Legal! Read for yourself Article 1 Section 8 of our Constitution.

  17. The president has deported far more illegals then Bush or any past president.
    A favorite saying from the left. But alas those pesky facts.
    Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson was forced to admit in testimony before a congressional committee on March 11, 2014, that the higher “deportation” figures claimed by the Obama administration were not comparable to figures from prior administrations because “a very large fraction of [the 368,000 aliens “removed” in 2013] are basically border removals, where they’re apprehended in or around the border” and are “in the country for a very short period of time.
    This adminstration likes to change the way things are accounted for thereby changing the outcome to suit their narative. Talk about gullible find a mirror!

  18. Another quote “If congress will not act then with the powers granted to me by the Constitution I will
    Why Obama’s Immigration Policy Is Constitutional

    Obama’s immigration order does not undermine the rule of law—but the expansion of federal criminal law does.
    http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/16/why-obamas-immigration-policy-is-constit

    And that’s from a libertarian rag. Now if you have a degree in Constitutional law let us know. Watching fox and being a racist does not count

  19. There is nothing there that says he broke any laws. He was saying that was NOT how he wanted to do it.

    With the RWNJ congress he had no choice

    You can try harder. Congress made the laws, the president executes them. The law made said nothing about how many deportations had to be preformed. Damm. Stupid

  20. In fact presidents have been using executive orders for years but… it matters what those orders are. Why can’t people such as you understand that simple premise? In 1986, Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act. A law passed by congress (get it) but they soon realized that they left out some of the family unit that was not specifically part of the original bill. Children over a certain age etc. You can read about it yourself if you want but they were making an attempt to keep the family unit together. Then Bush 41 in 1990 expanded the Reagan era DOJ interpretation of what the “family unit” looked like to include all spouses and children.
    Both Reagan and Bush were using their “executive authority” to effectuate the intent of the law congress had enacted. King Obama on the other hand is usurping immigration law in the name of prosecutorial discretion just because congress has not enacted the statute that he wants. By the way, I went to public sc…

  21. Thanks for breaking it to me Kim. As if I’m not aware. It matters what is contained within those executive orders and it is designed to UPHOLD the laws of the land. We have a constitution people. There should be fear in your hearts for the pendulum that will surely swing the other way, probably in the not too distant future (hopefully). If we the people continually give undue authority to the executive branch we will be back to the reason this country was founded in the first place. This is a nation of the people by the people and for the people. If you think this kind of precedent is good now, wait until the ones in power go against your ideology with the same degree of lawlessness. We should not applaud this kind of imperial decree from either party in our country.

  22. Where was you at when your cod piece wearing boy bush was pushing a Unitary Executive Presidency? Oh snap he was white so it was okay

  23. Just as snow should not fall in summer, nor rain at harvest time, so people should not honor a fool. Maybe why I don’t feel the need to provide you with proof of what I have taught you today. Read for yourself and quit letting radical left wing crap fill your mind. Think for yourself. Get away from pulling the race card with the “Bush was white” and your “Reich wing” comment. It only furthers the divide we have endured in this country especially since this president took office. Women against men, black against white, rich against poor etc. There will always be differences in a society. But we are Americans, red and yellow black and white, that’s what matters.

  24. A bit exalted, aren’t you? Really, it is especially incumbent upon you to provide those at our lowly level with cites, so that we may have a glimpse of your loftier mentation.

  25. I’d still like to know who will harvest our produce, slaughter the cattle, work in poultry processing plants, pave our streets, roads, build homes and work dirt cheap…will the lazy tea bag/repubs?
    HELLO? HELLO?

  26. An estimated 100,000 children of 60,000 undocumented parents receive aid in Los Angeles County, according to Antonovich, who said this year’s projections — up about $1 million from the nearly $53 million in total benefits issued in July 2012 — underscore the economic impact of the nation’s immigration debate. “When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” Antonovich said in a statement. “These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”

    Don’t let the lull in the Washington battleground fool you, thinking you can sit back patiently and eat pizza and watch football? It’s not over till it’s over..? We urge you to call your Representative and Senators (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) and ask them to keep up the pressure on their state and federal lawmakers. Remember

  27. A good standard of the illegal alien invasion is California that remains deeply in debt to the tune of $423 billion dollars which is not admitted by the Governor Brown and predominant majority Democratic Democratic assembly. Taxpayers in the once Golden State are forking over a tremendous amount of money to illegal immigrants each year. This information should be addressed and the costs passed on to Judge Andrew Hanen of Southern District of Texas.

    The Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich of Los Angeles County, announced the latest figures from the Department of Public Social Services, which showed more than $376 million in CalWORKs benefits and food stamps combined have been distributed through July to illegal alien parents for their native-born children. Approximately $54 million in welfare payments are issued each month, consisting of nearly $20 million in CalWORKs and $34 million in food stamp issuances, according to the data.

  28. Prior Attorney General Greg Abbott and now the incoming governor has said Texas shouldered the financial impact of Obama’s 2012 executive action on deferred action, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars for an increased police presence on the unsecured border, along with health care and education costs. That further non-citizen students are already eligible to attend public schools under a 1982 Supreme Court decision – equally immigrants are currently eligible for emergency health care coverage under existing law, casting doubt whether a claim of financial harm would hold up in court.

    Without paying a dime into the Social Security safety system they will be able to claim SSI and other means to survive. Unknown numbers are already collecting food stamps without restriction; there children collecting at least a $1.000 dollars a month. To work, millions have stolen or acquired Social Security numbers. This is a fraud, this is a criminal offence, but these nationals are never h…

  29. BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – A federal judge will hear oral arguments and adjoined by 24 other states that want to block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, which shields about 5 million or more illegal aliens from deportation. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen is expected to make a decision whether the lawsuit opposing Obama’s plan on immigration should proceed and its implementation suspended because of the perceived harm claimed by the 25 plaintiff states.

  30. Offence? Since you seem otherwise literate, I conclude you are neither Texan nor American, especially since undocumented workers *pay into* SS and can’t get a nickle back. Every American who can spell literately knows that,as well as the fact that the undocumented can’t get food stamps. So who are you, where are you from, and why are you so damned interested?

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