Tipton, Gardner hit back at Obama
They vote to block immigration plan
U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner, both Colorado Republicans, voted Thursday to block President Barack Obama’s plans to temporarily exempt as many as 5 million living illegally in the United States from deportation.
Both voted yes on H.R. 759, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014, which passed the House 219 to 197.
There is no expectation that the Democrat-controlled Senate will take up the measure and the White House said Obama would veto it.
The vote, however, is only the first of similar measures that will be introduced in the next Congress, Tipton said in a statement.
“It’s my hope that we will advance a step-by-step immigration solution” that will include greater border security and a guest-worker program, Tipton said. “We must confront the realities of the broken system and the challenges it presents — the president’s executive orders accomplish neither. “
The bill condemned Obama’s go-it-alone approach, Gardner said, noting that the measure did nothing to improve the immigration system.
“Without presenting an alternative plan, today’s vote is not a solution,” Gardner said. “We owe it to generations past and generations to come to find a solution to our broken immigration system.”
Gardner next year will join the Senate, which will change from Democrat to Republican control and is expected to act on bills passed by the Republican-run House.
In addition to prohibiting the administration from exempting or deferring from removal certain individuals deemed to be in the United States illegally, the bill would prohibit the executive branch from treating those people as if they were lawfully present or had lawful immigration status, or authorizing those people to work legally.