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House Bill Seeks to Corral Obama on Immigration

By    |   Friday, 09 Jan 2015 09:31 PM

The House is likely to vote next week on a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department through September, while curbing President Barack Obama's recent executive action on illegal immigration, and targeting so-called "sanctuary cities" – jurisdictions that refuse to hold many illegal immigrants until federal authorities can deport them.

The changes will be offered as amendments to the DHS funding bill, Politico reported Friday.

The website predicted that the package – crafted by the House GOP leadership and key rank-and-file members – would win passage in the House but is "extraordinarily unlikely" to make it through the GOP-controlled Senate.

If the legislation, unveiled Friday by House Republicans, is rejected by Sen. Mitch McConnell's chamber, it is unclear how Congress will fund the Homeland Security Department.

The House Republican leadership crafted the package along with key congressional offices, including those of Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte of Virginia and Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt, who has been very active in pushing for tougher actions to stop illegal immigration.

The Republican plan would block funding to carry out the president's executive actions announced in November, along with other amnesty moves such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program announced in 2012.

Politico reported that the GOP proposal would also revive a federal enforcement program known as "Secure Communities" and would limit the ability of the Obama administration to use "parole," which gives it discretion on which immigrants it wants to allow into the United States.

"It was important not just to nullify what the president said back in November but to make sure that he doesn't come back again and do the same thing," Aderholt said Friday.

The House GOP leadership, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, held several meetings with Aderholt and other Republicans in putting together the package.

Advocates of tougher immigration enforcement will likely embrace another provision of the bill to require that the administration "name and shame" so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to hold illegals for deportation.

Homeland Security officials said that such jurisdictions make their job much more difficult and are one reason for a 20 percent drop in deportations over the last two years, The Washington Times reported.

Under the House GOP bill, the department would be required to publish on its website a list of sanctuary cities and states and would be required to provide information about persons released as a result of those decisions.

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