The House on Thursday voted to block a presidential order to relax the deportation policy for "Dreamers," or young people who entered the U.S. illegally as children.
According to The Hill
, the White House and Democrats have since harshly criticized those who voted for an amendment to the 2014 spending bill that would withhold funding to implement the president's order to ease up on the deportation of young people and focus more on illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.
"This amendment, sponsored by Rep. Steve King, runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans," the White House said of the Iowa Republican's add-on to the bill.
"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."
Republicans oppose the president's position on deportation, calling it an attempt to selectively enforce U.S. immigration law.
"The point here is… the president does not have the authority to waive immigration law, nor does he have the authority to create it out of thin air," King said during debate Wednesday night, according to The Hill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said via Twitter that King's amendment makes the 2014 spending bill "dead on arrival" when it reaches the Senate for a vote.
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