House Republicans stayed late on Friday to pass a bill that would strip the President of the authority to delay the deportation of Mexican immigrants brought to the country as small children, and make it easier to deport children from Central American seeking asylum in the U.S.
By a vote of 223-189 they passed a supplemental spending bill (HR 5230) which would approve $694 million in additional funding for border security, far short of the $3.7 billion requested by the President.
House leadership had pulled the bill from the floor on Thursday due to dissension within Republican ranks, mostly from the far right Tea Party faction, who wanted more money to send National Guard troops to the border. After changes were made the House was called back into session on Friday for the vote forcing many members already on their way to the airport to turn around and return.
The bill was passed on a party line vote, with Republicans Steve Fincher of Tennessee, Paul Broun of Georgia, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Walter Jones of North Carolina breaking ranks to vote against the bill with Democrats, and one Democrat, Henry Cuellar of Texas, joining the Republicans voting for the bill.
Among the provisions of the bill are measures that would:
- Increase National Guard presence on the border
- Change provisions of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Re-authorization Act of 2008 making it easier to deport Central American children seeking asylum
- Increase funding for the Department of Homeland Security
- Prohibit federal agencies from inhibiting the actions of the Border Patrol in federal parks and in National Monuments lands
- Speed judicial proceedings against children from Central America seeking asylum
- Prohibit the President from halting or delaying deportation of “Dreamers”
The President has vowed to veto the bill in the unlikely case that it makes it to his desk, but with the Senate already recessed for its five week summer break that could not happen before September and it is highly unlikely that the bill will pass the Democrat controlled Senate.
h/t: Huffington Post