Major Changes to Deportation Policies

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Major changes took place Thursday morning as The House voted to overturn all of President Obama’s non-deportation policies. The House voted to preserve a program which allows local police to help enforce our current immigration laws, rejecting the presidents efforts to defund it. Along with this they have voted to defund the Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  A program which grants deffered action and renewable work authorization for 2 years for those who arrived in the United States as young children and lack documentation.

The House voted 224 to 201 for an amendment to the annual homeland security bill that would prevent the administration from spending any money to facilitate the program. Voting to end The Department of Homeland Security discretion policies that allow it to delay deportations for young, undocumented immigrants and other people deemed low-priority. This would clear the way for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents to deport anyone who is here illegally, even low-priority cases, including Dreamers.

The votes signal that the House will continue to be a major hurdle for Mr. Obama, who wants to see Congress pass a bill legalizing the 11 million illegal immigrants now in the country. The deportation policy vote shows House lawmakers are still focused on enforcement.