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September 2, 2015

Republicans Vote to End DACA After Tense Floor Debate (Updated) (Video)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.,, followed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., saw their party rally to pass border and immigration bills on their first day in their new jobs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise and McCarthy saw Republicans rally to pass border and immigration bills on their first day in their new jobs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:51 p.m. | House Republicans voted to prohibit President Barack Obama from granting what they consider to be an unconstitutional amnesty to illegal immigrants Friday.

The bill would effectively end Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA — a program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” brought to the United States illegally by their parents to get work permits and avoid deportation. And it would prohibit the president from expanding the program, as he has been reportedly considering doing for as many as five million additional immigrants.

The 216-192 vote included four Democrats voting “yes” — Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, John Barrow of Georgia, and Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia.

Eleven Republicans broke ranks to oppose it — Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Jeff Denham of California, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Mike Coffman of Colorado, David Valadao of California, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, David Reichert of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Joe Heck of Nevada, Mark Amodei of Nevada, and Fred Upton of Michigan.

The bill won’t get taken up any time soon by the Democrat-controlled Senate, which already left for August recess. And it’s unlikely to be signed into law by Obama, who started DACA through an executive action in 2012 and vowed to veto the bill earlier Friday.

Still, the measure, brought to the House floor as a reward for conservative members who agreed to help pass a $694 million appropriations bill to address the child migrant border surge just an hour earlier, will be an important messaging vote for both parties heading into the November midterm elections.

Republicans who voted “yes” will be able to tell their base they voted against Obama’s executive overreach, which they argue helped spur the record influx of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border that has overwhelmed enforcement agencies.

“It sends a vitally important message that minors wanting to come here in the future will … have absolutely no opportunity to receive DACA benefits,” said Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., during floor debate Friday evening.

It also fits into the recent vote allowing House Republicans to file a lawsuit against Obama for acting without the consent of Congress.

The measure sparked one of the most vitriolic debates in recent memory. Democrats hurled accusations of xenophobia, cowardice and racism against Republicans. At times, they sat back in their seats on their side of the aisle in the House chamber and smirked, sarcastically applauding some of their biggest foes like Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. During other moments, they booed.

“In January you were saying that all of the Dreamers should get green cards and citizenship,” Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., charged in a scathing floor speech. “Now, Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz are literally writing the immigration script for the Republican Party.”

“This is one of the most mean-spirited and anti-immigrant pieces of legislation I have seen in all my years of Congress,” said Judiciary ranking member John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.

Republicans shot back, saying that they were not acting out of insensitivity, but out of concern for the separation of powers that Obama, in executing DACA, has allegedly disregarded.

“You failed to act, so don’t point your fingers at us!” Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, R-Idaho, told Democrats, who during their control of the House, Senate and White House did not enact comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation.

Bachmann even suggested they were putting a “handcuff” on Obama — a statement that brought a rebuke from the chair. (Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., later made a unanimous consent request to have her words stricken from the record but there was an objection).

Not every Republican voted “yes” on the bill on Friday night, but dissenters did not speak up on the House floor during debate. They chose instead to voice their frustrations in conversations with colleagues outside the parameters of the chamber, saying the decision to hold the vote was not politically advisable but stopping short of using the stormy rhetoric of their Democratic counterparts.

The challenge for some Republicans during this debate was that they agree that Obama has overstepped his constitutional bounds, but they support the general concept that the Dreamers should have some protections against deportation and pathways to legal status.

Diaz-Balart, who for the past year and a half had been fighting for his fellow Republicans to rally behind some version of comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation — and represents a heavily Latino and immigrant constituency in Miami — articulated that tension.

“I will be voting against this issue of DACA, but I don’t criticize folks for being concerned about the president overstepping his constitutional boundary,” he told reporters Friday morning.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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Comments (87)

  1. DrGeneNelson

    Aug. 1, 2014
    10:59 p.m.

    If Obama decides to issue more Executive Orders expanding the immigration amnesty program, it will both help Republicans and hinder Democrats in the Senate and House elections to be decided in a mere 95 days. I believe that today’s House actions will create political problems for President Obama and the Democrats facing re-election challenges. Bipartisan legislation was passed in the House that asserts the “power of the purse” regarding Obama’s executive branch actions.

    • Layla

      Aug. 2, 2014
      10:03 a.m.

      There will be a price for all. You don’t leave town for 5 weeks leaving the borders wide open and unprotected. Our national security is at great risk.

      Congress needs to be voted out of office if you want anything to change, BOTH SIDES.

    • Kelly Cowan

      Aug. 2, 2014
      11:19 a.m.

      You live in an alternate universe.

  2. todd

    Aug. 1, 2014
    11:07 p.m.

    Diaz-Balart
    Denham
    Gardner
    Coffman
    Valadao
    Ros-lehtinen
    Reichert
    Kinzinger
    Heck
    Amodei
    Upton

    • betsym

      Aug. 2, 2014
      9:50 a.m.

      I can tell you why Gardner voted against the bill, it isn’t because he’s against it but because he’s running for the Senate and the only way he knows how to maybe win is by lying. He has a past that is following him through this election year. I’m a Republican but will not vote for any candidate that wants a “personhood bill” passed. He’s so out of touch with the majority of women in Colorado that he will lose because of their vote. Same goes for the latino vote in Colorado. Coffman is just as bad. They are both sleazes in by opinion. This bill that the Republicans have passed is the meanest and most hateful I have ever seen them. Good luck on getting elected this fall. That includes Mr Lamborn, my representaive with a little “r”.

      • Layla

        Aug. 2, 2014
        10:02 a.m.

        Really? Your President puts record numbers out of work and DOES NOTHING FOR THEM. One quarter of the nation’s homeless AMERICAN CHILDREN are living in cheap motels in Central Florida. WHAT IS HE DOING FOR THEM? We have AMERICAN FAMILIES sleeping in the woods, homeless, with children. WHAT’S HE DOING FOR THEM?

        • betsym

          Aug. 2, 2014
          3:35 p.m.

          You have to be kidding me. It was Bush who started the downward trend. It has taken the Obama Administration this long to get it even close to where it should be. Don’t you think that the “one quarter of the nation’s homeless AMERICAN CHILDREN” living cheap motels in Central Florida, is more of the Florida’s right wing governor responsible. You are really one naive chic. Get real…ignorant people like you are the ones that believe everything the tea party throws out.

          As far as the children from Central America are concerned most of these kids are being housed by churches, private homes, etc. I suppose you want to send them back to possible beatings, rape or death. Just remember that this country was founded on welcoming immigrants here.

          • Brian

            Aug. 2, 2014
            6:24 p.m.

            Maybe you could take a couple of these “children” in? Full beards, tattoos, who knows what diseases and gang affiliations?

          • betsym

            Aug. 3, 2014
            12:08 a.m.

            I must ask you Brian does a beard and tattoos define a persons character? What about the men of Duck Dynasty! And for your information I’m talking about children that are ages 5 to young teens. I would have to say that you are really pretty biased toward these young people. And yes I would take a couple of the younger children in, but I’m afraid they wouldn’t accept me as a foster mom since I’m in my 70s. Most of these kids that are coming over from Central America are not gang affiliated. Anyway, have a good evening…I’m sure you will have a good night sleep in your comfortable bed.

          • Layla

            Aug. 3, 2014
            10:20 a.m.

            You love judging people, don’t you, Betsy? Don’t have a cogent argument, so you attack.

          • MommyK1

            Aug. 3, 2014
            8:07 a.m.

            It was not “Bush” it was many of these same legislators and Pres Bill Clinton whose stewardship of the Glass Steigal and CRA caused this mess. Bush’s regulators reported before Congressional Banking committee on 6 occasions during the “diversity in banking” crisis; and they did NOTHING to heed the warnings. Obama administration has done NOTHING to resolve the problems; every act they have taken has been to aid a campaign constituency….unions, bundlers in green energy, donors. What has he done to help the African American CITIZEN who is crushed under failed education policy, welfare decimating the family structure and unemployment at 15% while pandering to non citizens and thwarting further opportunities for the poor and middle class who bear the REAL burden? In 2009, Pres Obama stood up for Pres Zelaya in Honduras who attempted to rewrite the constitution so he could stay in office a 4 th term. The country deposed him, Pres Obama called for his return. Zelaya supports the drug cartels….In 2010 Pres Obama used fiat to halt all interior deportations; insuring any found in country; could stay In 2012 DACA further empowering that magnet. We are told no illegal receives any benefit; more than 50% here; are collecting various forms of that costing the nation upwards to $100 billion or more – while these “illegals” send the fruit of their labors; about $50 billion BACK into their home country economies……You BetsyM are ill informed and part of the problem. Thank you for this failure.

          • Layla

            Aug. 3, 2014
            10:19 a.m.

            BetsyM likely works on the staff of Reid or Pelosi. I recognize the rhetoric.

          • betsym

            Aug. 3, 2014
            11:41 a.m.

            Show me where you get your so called facts. I do not believe that I’m ill informed at all…but I read your comment and that’s where I feel you are spouting off bs.

            http://www.tolerance.org/immigration-myths

          • Layla

            Aug. 3, 2014
            10:18 a.m.

            And you have to be kidding me, Betsy. How long do you think it will be before a nuclear weapon finds it’s way across that border, if it hasn’t already? This administration is setting this nation up for an attack that will make 911 pale by comparison.

            This “President” needs to be impeached and we all know it. No taxpayer money going to these kids? Really? Do you think the United States Military are paying for those being housed on bases? It’s ALL taxpayer money.

            How many of these children do you plan to personally raise?

          • betsym

            Aug. 3, 2014
            11:42 a.m.

            http://www.tolerance.org/immigration-myths Your ignorance is showing.

          • Layla

            Aug. 4, 2014
            10:25 a.m.

            You didn’t answer my question, Betsy. HOW MANY?

          • Layla

            Aug. 4, 2014
            10:24 a.m.

            Legal immigrants, Betsy. My family were on the first boats. And it was NOT Bush who started this downward trend, it was Bill Clinton with the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Democrat Congress with deciding that everybody needed a new house and car in the driveway.

        • DonQuixote109

          Aug. 4, 2014
          9:19 a.m.

          Big Business has exported the number of jobs the (non-government) employment sector has lost – go ye forth and check the facts. Government employment continues to contract at both the Federal and State/Local levels.

          Stop listening to ElRushbo with his 1/2% income and mentality – he will feed you the Jimmy Jones Kool-Aid as long as you will drink it and have you begging for more.

          • Layla

            Aug. 4, 2014
            10:23 a.m.

            I’m not listening to anybody, least of all you. I’M LIVING IT.

    • Layla

      Aug. 2, 2014
      10 a.m.

      Thanks for identifying them.

  3. WeCometoThis

    Aug. 1, 2014
    11:15 p.m.

    Now this is the only vote I agree with the republicans on Immigration. All other votes they should grant them to The President of The United States.

    • Donna

      Aug. 1, 2014
      11:26 p.m.

      Your comment doesn’t make sense – can you re-write it using proper English and sentence structure please so your point is understandable?

      • WeCometoThis

        Aug. 1, 2014
        11:32 p.m.

        you must be from israel, where it’s people don’t understand anything but putting death to children.

        • Donna

          Aug. 1, 2014
          11:49 p.m.

          That would be “its”, not “it’s” – and it is Hamas that puts Palestinian children in harms way. In the words of Golda Meir, “Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.”

          • WeCometoThis

            Aug. 1, 2014
            11:56 p.m.

            so you want to chat

          • Layla

            Aug. 4, 2014
            2:25 p.m.

            Likely NOT with you.

          • WeCometoThis

            Aug. 4, 2014
            6:47 p.m.

            You give me an up (^), an then you let me down, wow! make up your mind.

  4. YONATAN C

    Aug. 2, 2014
    12:03 a.m.

    The Republicans have been nothing but a severe disappointment to the American people. This is especially true for the more than three million unemployed families whom they denied an extension of benefits, since late last December. They have effectively forced millions of families into financial ruin and deep poverty. They have shown by their actions a true disdain and contempt for the poor in this country. They have voted against every bill that would benefit the unemployed, women, gays, and minorities in our country. They have prevented any positive change to take place by this president. They have thrown their fellow Americans under the bus, for their own selfish political agenda. They have aligned themselves with corporate America, and special interest groups, with deep pockets. They have proven clearly who they truly represent, and it’s not you or me. Sadly, the democrats have chosen to walk away from the unemployed too.

    • Layla

      Aug. 2, 2014
      9:58 a.m.

      Yonatan, I have followed your posts faithfully, but you do a great disservice not to include the entire Congress in this. There will be no extensions until Americans vote the entire Congress out.

      For now, you have been replace with people who break the law and you will be expected to pay for their food, clothing, housing, education while your family continues to suffer.

      Something tells me that the day this President is out of office, there will be great celebrations in the streets for the first time in this nation’s history. We will stop driving business offshore and there will be jobs again.

      • Nunaya Biddness III

        Aug. 3, 2014
        2:34 a.m.

        Illegal Immigration is not a victim-less crime. It is the working class, the Middle Class and Working poor of All Colors who are paying the bill for this unchecked invasion of Illegals into our nation, hospitals, schools and workplaces. The law of Supply&Demand was not repealed for Labor. If you want to help the American Worker, then stop helping Illegals and the companies who hire them.

        No one, regardless of Party who supports Amnesty or the businesses who hire illegals can be allowed to say they support the American Taxpayer, Middle Class, Worker’s and Families because they do not.

        We need our laws enforced and our people and legitimate business protected from illegal workers and scamming Corporations who do not obey the law and hurt all Citizens and businesses who do. It is the Working Class, Working Poor and law abiding business owners who are hurt the most by Obama&co. refusing enforce and obey our laws…where is your concern for them? Rather than protect our people, Obama encourages that criminal behavior, and you see the results at the border and welfare office..How is that OK with you. When will you stand up for American families and workers her a home?

        • Layla

          Aug. 4, 2014
          10:22 a.m.

          When our laws remain UNENFORCED, the victims are the middle class.

        • Lyn

          April 28
          1:13 p.m.

          Who are you to blame the undocumented for the problems in this country. As if the illegals here are messing up the economy. They work just as hard as the American citizens if not harder. So many children were brought here before they even knew what it means to be illegal. So many children growing up in America believing it was their home, only to find out that they are “illegal” in a place they have called home all their lives. Then even worse, to have to be taunted and lectured at how they are the cause to the problems in the US. Have you forgotten that “Americans” are immigrants to. If I’m not mistaken the NATIVE AMERICANS are the only true Americans. Anyway, how are illegals that are already a part of the country, the economy, it’s work force, going to do pay taxes and not “steal job from citizens” WHEN THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO. That is like yelling at a kid for not doing his homework, when none was assigned in the first place. Immigration is not a black and white subject. You cannot group all illegals and give them all a bad rep. So many American’s like yourself have grown so entitled for no reason, when you’re an immigrant yourself.

          • Nunaya Biddness III

            April 28
            2:29 p.m.

            Honestly…are you so simple? Google ‘Opportunity Cost’ and get back to me. I am the ‘White Guy’ who is forced to pay the cost to educate them, house them, heal them, and pay the cost to and provide every other Public service they use…and all that is added to the strife, crime and tension they create within our Society.. and 70% by the way collect Welfare – That Data comes from our own Census Bureau. The cost to our nation is enormous, with Direct and Indirect cost’s of i@ $400 Billion dollars to our Citizens annually. Every dime of which is Money we do not have to care for our own…because we were forced to spend it on a person that should not be here at all…and you want to whine about Fair? How is any of that Fair to Americans?

            The fact is Illegals do not add to our Economy at all; they harm us, and they harm our poor the most; how are you OK with that? Unlike you, My concern is for our nation and American youth of all Colors. Of course the needs of Americans must come first…this is our country after-all. When did the wants of foreigners become a debt and obligation our Citizens are forced to pay? When did that happen? Go bleed on someone else who is not forced to clean up after you…If you want to help Mexicans, I suggest you move to mexico or wherever…and spend your own money. Americans owe you nothing…we owe our own Citizens every opportunity we can provide.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            12:58 p.m.

            Talk about being simple minded, useless statistics found online skewed to your benefit. Keep complaining all you want, but the fact of the matter is that yes they don’t pay taxes and yes you pay taxes that in turn may benefit an illegal, BUT as I stated already they are not allowed to pay taxes. All the money being spent by the government to stop illegals coming in, is on the government. Programs like DACA are solutions that have nothing to do with you or “Americans.” Those people who have been living here for years have become American themselves, what good would it do to kick them out and send them to a land they do not know. How many jobs do they do that you “Americans” would dread and never imagine doing. How many AMERICAN citizens are on welfare, personally EVERY single person I know on welfare, and I know a lot, are all American citizens born and raised. Not every illegal here is trying to suck dry the economy to their benefit. So stop being a martyr saying you are the white guy paying for all these illegals, because my friend whether or not illegals are here, trust me, you’d still be complaining about where that money is going. I’ve known many undocumented people in my lifetime and I can assure you that you have done nothing for them. You speak as if an undocumented person here lives, eats, and studies all for free. You are definitely mistaken and need to get of the internet and see inside the real lives of these people who are struggling for a better life. It’s easy to blame others for your problems, especially when you know close to nothing about the very people you are degrading and making seem to be all a group of criminals here to steal and take advantage of the US. Congratulations on supporting the entire illegal population. And good luck in life if you continue believing that all illegals are criminals, keep in mind you call yourself an American you’re only here because of the very thing you apparently despise…you can guess what that is.

          • Nunaya Biddness III

            April 29
            1:48 p.m.

            Those Facts and statistics are reality – but I can understand why you wish to ignore or twist the facts and true impact of these illegals upon our Citizens and nation and hope the rest of us do too…and you still avoid the question – When in your mind did the wants of foreign nationals illegally in our nation become more important than the needs of our own Citizens? Where did you get the idea such a position was sane or rational?

            Denial is not a river in Egypt; Like every other nation on earth, our Governments Duty is to protect our Citizens, and so they must. Not one of these Foreign Nationals has a ‘Right’ to be here and Americans have no obligation to beggar themselves to help an illegal or any Company hiring them at our expense; Life is hard; being stupid makes it harder…Americans are struggling for a better life too,,,and this is their Nation. And do stop with the fantasy that Illegals contribute to our Society or that the resources they use are not paid for by American workers. Illegals do not add to our nation at all and Illegals and their families do not pay taxes, anymore than the families of Anchor Babies do…They do not come here to become Americans, they come here to use us, and that is exactly what they do. They receive Benefits taken from the pockets of Citizens, and every resource we are forced to expend caring for people who should not be here at all denies those resources to our Citizens who have every right to expect our Government to protect their interests. Our first duty is to our own, do you think Mexico’s first Duty is to Americans? Of course they must go, and the sooner the better for all. My family came here in the 1620’s … We built this Nation with our blood and lives and You are owed what you have you earned – Americans owe illegals nothing, and we owe any American or Politician supporting or employing them nothing but contempt.

            Want to help Mexicans? Move to Mexico and spend your own money for a change. Americans owe you nothing, and I am not your friend.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            1:57 p.m.

            For the millionth time, Illegals do not come here and live off of you. They work day and night to live in some dingy apartment and make a life for themselves. I agree that the government should look out primarily for its citizens, but so many illegals were brought here as children, they have become American citizens, not legal, but this is all they know. Again, the article above is about DACA, the children and the youth, illegal immigrants crossing the border to make some quick money to send back home is a whole other discussion. But again, do you not know the history of the US and how this land isn’t even truly yours, It was stolen from the real American’s and now I guess you’re so scared to have the same thing happen to you that you really have to verbally attack children who were brought to this country before they were even old enough to have any idea of what they were being brought into. Things are not black and white, people are not either good or bad and not all illegals are a problem to this country. Illegals helped build and maintain this society, Id like to see you “Americans” do half the work they do for the little pay they receive without complaining after one day of hard work. And no duh we are not friends, try and grasp the concept of sarcasm next time.

          • Nunaya Biddness III

            April 29
            2:53 p.m.

            Of course they come here to live off me…and so they do. Their presence in our nation and labor force creates a cost for all Americans…it is a cost we are forced to pay for debt we do not owe. Let them go home and make a life for themselves Americas obligation is to our Citizens – We need to care for our own.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            2:58 p.m.

            And here we are back to where we started. I never knew that illegals get to live, eat, and get everything for free because citizens pay for it. Do you forget they pay rent, expenses at stores, bills, for transportation, and every other thing you pay for. Many even do pay taxed with a ITIN number. And their presence in our labor force does what? Take low paying jobs that Americans wouldn’t even consider taking? America was founded and is comprised of immigrants, you being one of them.

          • Nunaya Biddness III

            April 29
            3:12 p.m.

            Again you spin and spout nonsense….There is no Job an American will not do – we we doing them all long before any Illegal got here and we will be doing them long after they are gone. DACA is no different from every other scam…and its designed it to allow millions more thru extended families. Enough of the lies and lame guilt. Where is your concern for Americans families?

            This is about Right and wrong, doing whats best for Americans. Those hurt the most by this flood of Illegals are our poor…How is that OK with you?

            Spin all you like, but the reality is that every job held by an illegal, and there are millions of them, is a Job an American does not have. Every Dollar paid an illegal is a dollar an American worker was not paid. Every American dollar Americans are forced to spent on illegals for schools, police, prisons, hospitals and welfare is a dollar Americans do not have to care for our own. How is that good for Americans or America?

            If you want to help Mexicans or whoever – then do it else where, and for once spend your own money.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            3:16 p.m.

            Do you have anything new to say? Illegals do not qualify for welfare, and illegals do not make up the majority of costs when it comes to schools, prisons, hospitals, none of that. AGAIN, this article is about DACA, children who grew up here. I feel as if you still cannot grasp such a simple fact. These kids ARE AMERICAN, they became American after years and years of living here and only here. Cut out with the Mexican talk, as if you didn’t already sound ignorant enough.

          • Nunaya Biddness III

            April 29
            3:21 p.m.

            Still waiting for you to respond to the issue rather then spin around it; Of course they are not American. When did the willingness of foreign nationals to break and ignore our laws create a debt Americans families must pay?

          • Lyn

            April 29
            3:25 p.m.

            Can you not read? I cannot directly answer your question in one sentence because illegals did not single handedly create this debt. And they are not asking you to pay everything for them, hence DACA, illegals trying to become legal so they can be allowed to pay their share of taxes and be equal, to stop here this nonsense that everything gets handed to them on a silver platter by some egotistical American such as yourself.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            3:27 p.m.

            I hear you saying plently about illegals, can you tell me what percentage of inmates in US prisons are legal citizens? And compare that percentage to how many are illegal. Look at your government, look at your people, you want solutions stop pointing fingers because that might make you feel better but is surely doesn’t fix a thing.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            3:37 p.m.

            Welfare towards their AMERICAN born children, because an illegal cannot collect welfare otherwise. Also, sure that sounds like a high number but you are not even comparing it to how many American’s collect welfare.
            The willingless of foreign nationals is not the cause to a debt American families must pay. The lack of order and intelligence in the US government has turned foreign nationals into the scapegoat as to why the country is trillions of dollars in debt and slowly falling apart. Foreign nationals who came here legally, and have adopted and integrated themselves into the United States, work just as hard, spend just as much money in this country. The lack of taxes paid, is not their choice. You cannot assign blame to someone for not doing something when you do not allow them to partake in the first place. Immigration arguments tend to go full circle, because no one is one hundred percent right.

          • Nunaya Biddness III

            April 29
            5:35 p.m.

            Yes indeed. The mothers of Anchor babies use their children to steal from working Americans, just as the illegal parents of DADA kids use their parents to steal from Americans … and the enablers of liars, users and thieves like you are your OK with that. No one owes you anything.

            Americans have a Right to our help, Illegals have none. Removing Illegals from our nation and workforce means more Americans are working and our costs are reduced…Deporting illegals is a Win-WIn for the Americana people.

          • Lyn

            April 30
            8:21 a.m.

            DACA and DAPA candidates are asking nothing of you. Why is it so difficult to understand that these kids were raised in the US and this is all they know. Why should they be punished and taken from their homes because of mistake by parents who overstayed in the country. DACA candidates are simply receiving TEMPORARY protection and the right to work drive, study, and PAY TAXES. You keep complaining that all your taxes are supporting the illegals, which is no even true, yet here they are trying to lessen greatly the amount of illegals who don’t pay taxes, yet you still find reason to complain. You are no body to say the kids who qualify for DACA should be taken from their home and sent to an unknown place. DACA candidates have to pay hundred to simply apply, and every three years they have to reapply and pay again. They never lived for free an are not asking to live for free off of you taxpayers. Stop worrying about DACA kids who want to continue the life they were given only now with some actual rights. Do you have that little faith in your precious government that they will allow just anybody deferred action?

          • Lyn

            April 30
            8:43 a.m.

            You neither anybody else, American or not, don’t owe me anything. That was never said so I do not know why even continue saying that. DACA and DAPA candidates agree with me, that is why they are spending their hard earned money to apply to be allowed to pay taxes and work and continue to live where they have been for the majority of their lives. Do you not see the US is all they know and as much as you might hate it, they have become American. Just because your family got here before families of today, that does not make you special and it does not give you more of a right to be in this country. DACA recipients came here legally and are truly scrutinized before being allowed deferred action. Deporting illegals is a win win for Americans how so? You think a drop that significant in population over a short period of time won’t have any negative consequences? As if their disappearance will magically solve this disastrous economy, which BY THE WAY, is not that bad. Worry about your government who obviously doesn’t know how to manage money, worry about the never ending war the United States seems to be obsessed with. Worry about the US prying into the business of almost every country known to man. The way you view illegal immigrants, even those immigrants who are here legally, is utterly racist. Because while some have been here over 15 years out of a 20 year life, you still consider them un fit to live here because of where they were born. What gives Americans this high superiority over every other country? Why should they be allowed citizenship in ANY other country if born there, why should they be able to travel EASILY to any country just by flashing the American passport? YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL, we all live on this one Earth and we are here putting blame, literally, on CHILDREN who were brought here to the US without any knowledge that they’d be the “cause” of the problems you poor tax payer have to suffer through…But hey guess what?! They kids will receive deferred action, they will do good for society, and they will pay taxes and will finally stop the belief that they are here to live off of you. Even though you or this country has never given me a thing for free, my mom pays taxes, she spent hundreds every year on school supplies, clothes, all the regular expenses any American would pay. I paid hospital bills, never through insurance, because GUESS WHAT, illegals cannot receive health benefits, besides Medicaid, which covers the MOST BASIC of exams and treatments. As for work, yea maybe I took a job or two away from an American citizen, but hey if they were as qualified or skilled in the job than they would have gotten it and not me. Only with time will you see that DACA and DAPA are just the start of a great thing. Not all immigrants are criminals and bad additions to the country, that is why DACA and DAPA are weeding out the good and bad and allowing the good to continue the lives they have been living not without fear of being deported to somewhere they do not know.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            3:38 p.m.

            Unless your ego emigrated to the US in the 1620’s than maybe it should be considered for deportation as well..

          • Lyn

            April 29
            3:04 p.m.

            Your ego astounds me, and it really does scare me how you are not even the worst person I’ve dealt with in this country. Thanks for the amusement.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            3:07 p.m.

            And funny, “Americans” did and still do many of the terrible things your using to make yourself feel ok as an American for taking land from the Natives. We are still in constant war, crimes, murder, rape, all these things are still predominant in America. Slavery, we had that here to. So what, some other group of people should come here and take our land because we still take part in these “inescapable facts.” Say all you want to make yourself feel righteous but illegals are not your problem. Your government is the issue.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            2:07 p.m.

            Your family came here in the 1620’s, really? So that’d make them and you…immigrants? Yet you consider yourself a true American why? Oh right, because you got lucky and your family came here in the 1620’s and not the 1900s. That makes a lot of sense, your family came here for the same exact reason thousands of people come here today. The only difference being that now this country is ruled by selfish, power, and money hungry people that let in to many immigrants and now don’t know how to fix the very problem they caused. You think this is hard on you, think about the children that were thrown into this madness. Living in a place they call home only to be told it is not home, but that far away country they know squat about is their home.

          • Nunaya Biddness III

            April 29
            2:37 p.m.

            Luck had nothing to do with it…and there was no Nation to immigrate too when my Family got here; and again you twist avoid the issue and the question.

            When did the willingness of foreign nationals to break and ignore our laws create a debt Americans families must pay?

            I think about our own Children and I work to ensure they have a bright future … Why don’t you.

            Americans first duty is to our own. If you want to help Mexicans or whoever then go to their countries and do it…and spend your own money for a change. spend your own money.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            2:44 p.m.

            You sound to ridiculous spouting the word Mexicans like every Hispanic immigrant is from Mexico. I am not dismissing your question. I said, I do not disagree with you but the children that the article is discussingare not forign nationals anymore, they to are American’s, not by law but soon enough many will be. They are already here, and have been for their entire lives, what harm would it do to let them continue here only now paying taxes and not making poor little you continue to support them. And trust me I’ve spent plenty of money in this country and continue to do. And don’t borther sending links to videos, I can find a video saying the sky is purple but that wouldn’t make it so.

          • Lyn

            April 29
            1:22 p.m.

            I hear you and everyone else blaming illegals for the economies problems lately, when just a few years ago it was the military that was spending all the money, then before that it was the prisons fault, and now illegals. So typical to switch blame towards whatever is more convenient at the time, rather than fixing the problem, assign blame and when nothing gets done, switch the blame onto the next sucker.

    • Nunaya Biddness III

      Aug. 3, 2014
      2:24 a.m.

      The House Voted to support Mainstreet. While Obama and the Democrat Senate gave their support to Illegals and Wall-Street went on vacation. No worries, Harry Reid and Democrats will kill any BIll that protects American families and workers in the Senate. The House has been doing its job with open floor debates and votes on the issues, just as they did here. It is the Senate and Harry Reid that are the problem…So let us know when Harry Reid brings BIlls to the floor for debate and a vote…so far, Nada.

      “The President is fond of referring to the House as the “Do-Nothing Congress.” But we have 352 reasons why it’s a “Do-Nothing Senate.”

      “352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk, awaiting action.

      “98% of them passed with bipartisan support. Republicans and Democrats working together to pass legislation.

      “50% of the bills passed unanimously, with no opposition.

      “70% of the bills passed with 2/3rds support in the House.

      “And over 55 bills were introduced by Democrats.

      “352 bills. Why won’t Harry Reid act? These are good bills; bills that put the American people back to work, put more money in hardworking Americans pockets, help with education, and skills training.

      “We call upon Harry Reid to get to work before he adjourns in August to pass some of these bills. The American people deserve better.”

      https://lynnjenkins.house.gov/press-releases/jenkins-352-bills-are-sitting-on-harry-reids-desk-awaiting-action/

    • Mark Scudder

      Oct. 23, 2014
      5:28 p.m.

      Yonatan…..your on the hit list idiot!

  5. phil

    Aug. 2, 2014
    12:22 a.m.

    What can you expect by individuals who measure their IQ by looking into their shoe and getting the number out of it. The number: shoe size

  6. Truth Happens

    Aug. 2, 2014
    1:10 a.m.

    That’s one way to shut down a tyrant. Outstanding news.

  7. Brian Derrick

    Aug. 2, 2014
    7:38 a.m.

    All of this excitement… over a misguided and a way-too-late bill that has ZERO chance of passing in the Senate, and ZERO chance of being signed by the POTUS. Cobngress and Republicans are beyond useless.

    • Nunaya Biddness III

      Aug. 3, 2014
      2:42 a.m.

      Let us know when Obama and Democrats stop supporting Illegals and start supporting the American voters and families back home.

      Why should Americans put the interests of Illegal aliens or the businesses who hire at our expense, above the legitimate interests of our own Citizens and workers? Shouldn’t our first concern be for the well-being of our citizens, workers and Nation? When can we expect Obama and Democrats to stop pandering to Illegals, and start working for Americans?

      We have done all this before, remember….We Know Amnesty Does Not Work. That’s not an opinion, it is a fact; If Amnesty worked we would not be having this discussion. Amnesty is a proven bad idea that does not help our Citizens or our nation… So why do you want to do it again? How is that a good idea? When did the willingness of Illegals and Businesses to ignore and abuse our laws create a debt Americans families an workers must pay? We don’t owe them_ They Owe Us.

      Immigration; By the Numbers…this video will give you the numbers and facts of the issue. http://vimeo.com/8223000

      • Daniel

        Aug. 15, 2014
        3:26 p.m.

        For the most part, helping integrate the undocumented into the economy (aka providing them a way to pay for their offense, then legally work the jobs that they are already working) will be good for native-born US citizen workers.

        Example – the vast majority of agricultural workers in the US are undocumented. But the vast majority of truck drivers are US-born citizens. The more crops that get harvested (by the undocumented), the more US-born truck drivers are hired.

        Overall, *most* immigrants and *most* US-born workers aren’t competing for the same jobs.

      • Jacob Eagleshield

        Oct. 4, 2014
        9:12 p.m.

        Anyone who votes Republican,especially for these phoney Republicans since 2009,is either a glutton for punishment or just plain stupid.Oh well,they are all “ditto heads” so you can’t expect anything better.

        • disqus_rlSZVXRC24

          Oct. 14, 2014
          6:31 p.m.

          Your idiot in the White House has done well ?

    • MommyK1

      Aug. 3, 2014
      7:58 a.m.

      With all due respect; that the Senate and the Executive cannot get on the page with what is BEST for AMERICANS; Citizens, those who PAY their taxes and salaries; is sad. It is THEY who are beyond useless; for pandering to a voting block that holds NO rights under our Constitution while demeaning the rights and needs of THOSE who do.

    • left wing

      Aug. 4, 2014
      1:37 p.m.

      almost as worthless as senile harry and the child trafficker, obama, the corrupt

    • Layla

      Aug. 4, 2014
      2:23 p.m.

      Really? Want examples of misguided?

      “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”

      “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

      “What difference does it make!”

      With all due respect, STUFF IT.

    • disqus_rlSZVXRC24

      Oct. 14, 2014
      6:31 p.m.

      So is your dumbass occupant of the White House

  8. Midge

    Aug. 2, 2014
    10:01 a.m.

    It is so clear that Obama’s unilateral action to create what Congress wouldn’t, the Dream Act, is what created the mass influx of minors. More Americans will be killed by “dreamers” than Israelis by Palestinians.
    Why do the Democrats have so little compassion for their own countrymen? If it was Israelis being killed and raped by gangs, every member of Congress would go to the microphone and make a speech with tears in their eyes.

  9. votemout2010

    Aug. 2, 2014
    10:45 a.m.

    Finally Congress is looking out for the American people. DACA needs to end and the illegals deported ASAP. 18 Trillion in debt we have no business making the American Taxpayer pony up for Obama’s lawlessness.

    • Lyn

      April 28
      2:05 p.m.

      Can you tell me exactly what DACA candidates are costing you?! Because as far as I know they are paying hundreds of dollars to apply, and once granted they begin to pay taxes since now they will be allowed to. You seriously think that we are 18 trillion dollars in debt because of illegal immigrants? Do you not realize that they work, pay bills, and still positively affect the economy. They may not pay taxes because THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO. I am so sick and tired of hearing Americans bash immigrants when they know nothing about them and the difficulties they face when brought into this country. Congress is looking out for the American people you say? Ask the Native Americans if that is so and then get back to. If you really think having all illegals deported would solve America’s problems then you are delusional my friend.

      • votemout2010

        April 28
        9:13 p.m.

        Delusional is to have open boards where every poor and indigent person from any where can come to this country and be eligible for instate tuition, food stamps, social security, Welfare, Medicaid all courtesy of the AMERICAN tax payer. No other country in the world would allow such NONSENSE. SECURE the border and deport these blood suckers from this country!

        • Lyn

          April 29
          1:12 p.m.

          Since when can an illegal receive all of these benefits? Medicaid yes as far for the rest you are mistaken. Illegals must pay out of state tuition for school, and regardless what harm does that do to you, they are still paying all cash of their money that they worked hard for to go to school. Food stamps, you can’t just walk in without a social security number and get food stamps. Welfare the same thing. Why be angry at the people who came here in search for a better life, so many people allowed to come to the country, why not be angry with your government that allowed it to get this out of control. A solution will not work at the tail end of a problem, you want to fix this? Then look at the people who allowed it to happen, the government, who by the way are going to make a buttload of money off of DACA and DAPA.

  10. Kelly Cowan

    Aug. 2, 2014
    11:15 a.m.

    Conservative Xenophobic Nativism, Disinformation and White Fear in America

    • Layla

      Aug. 3, 2014
      10:12 a.m.

      No country has been as generous as the United States, ever. And never have we had an administration who so needed impeachment and a Congress unwilling to comply.

      You are NOT representing the needs or the will of the American people.

      • betsym

        Aug. 3, 2014
        11:49 a.m.

        Just remember one thing…the President was elected by the majority. The wealthy couldn’t even stop that. He promised to end the two wars, and he did. He promised healthcare for all Americans…unfortunately he couldn’t get a “single payer” passed because of the blue dog dems so he got the next best thing. It’s tough governing when you have a Congress that promised to oppose anything that he has tried to pass.
        Oh, and I almost forgot about the Lilly Ledbetter Act…you know the law that says women should have equal pay, or maybe you don’t like that one. Has tried to get a raise in minimum wage passed…but has not been able to get that through congress. And guess what many corporations have proven that the better pay their employees get the better their business is. But unfortunately the tea party doesn’t want these, they are living in the dark ages.
        I’m done here, there’s no sense arguing with people who just don’t get it.

        • Layla

          Aug. 4, 2014
          10:21 a.m.

          The wealthy couldn’t stop it? THEY SUPPORT HIM, they are funding this. Do you know that most in my town are now working THREE jobs because of Obamacare? Any plans to FIX THIS? Likely not, as the WEALTHY like not having to pay benefits. They’re making bigger profits than ever before and loving it.

          You need to get out more, Betsy.

          • DonQuixote109

            Aug. 4, 2014
            12:03 p.m.

            And those of us paying taxes and with health insurance paid for all those trips to the E/R when they didn’t have their own insurance because their employers couldn’t be bothered to have a plan they might be able to contribute to and have coverage.

            Don’t blame the ACA. We’ve had employer sponsored insurance and seen it go from a Blue Choice flat co-pay to a high deductible ($6500/family) before just about anything kicks in, and our % of the premium continues to go up. ACA has at least slowed the rate of inflation, and reapportioned the costs to everyone, not just those of us with insurance.

            Get your head back in the light. State and Federal law REQUIRE hospitals to take care of people w/out insurance – it becomes a line item in their budgets – they still have to make up the short fall – and they aren’t getting it from Medicare/Medicaid/VA PRIOR to ACA changes. Ask yourself WHERE they were getting it from.

          • Layla

            Aug. 4, 2014
            2:21 p.m.

            Baloney, DQ. Rates are still going up, as much as 20% in many states. PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD THIS; we don’t all work in Washington.

            A health policy with a high deductible is no health insurance at all for most.

          • DonQuixote109

            Aug. 4, 2014
            5:05 p.m.

            That 20% figure likely isn’t an apples to apples comparison. Some of the policies that were out there were next to worthless/extremely expensive for the estimated loss ratio. Part of ACA was requiring certain minimum coverages.

            Yes, the rates have still gone up, but at a much lower rate than they have been. You have been fed so much bull by El Rushbo and his ilk you can’t see through the brown.

        • left wing

          Aug. 4, 2014
          1:35 p.m.

          more lies from the insane left wing wacko obama worshiper

  11. skip1

    Aug. 2, 2014
    12:03 p.m.

    And then they all slipped out of town under cover of darkness.

  12. mikiej

    Aug. 2, 2014
    3:26 p.m.

    you know, this child and border thing is allmost like a conspiracy to kidnap. The U.S. Federal Government is in a conspiracy with Mexican outlaws to take children across national borders without legal orders from a judge in the various Central American Countries. The U.S. Federal Govenment has no legal paper to take possession of these minor children. Thus there is no assurance that these children have not been kidnapped , and have been transported against their parents will. The United States Government is in willing conspiracy with Mexican outlaws to kidnap minor children. The U.S. Government should immediately close all border crossings into the United States and they should remain closed except to those with legal documents that allow that individual to cross.

    • Nika Khwikball

      Aug. 4, 2014
      12:36 p.m.

      What you’re citing is already the LAW. That’s exactly the problem and anyone entering into the United States without legal documentation is breaking U.S. Law and our boarders closed to everyone crossing illegally. Those in Washington ignoring this and/or supporting it are stepping on our CONSTITUTION. Vote them out and those into office standing for re-building and strengthening our nation. It’s Americans standing together for our CONSTITUTION and all it declares including our upholding Laws that will stop politicians from doing as they please wielding power with irresponsible leadership. They are there (elected) to serve FIRST THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICANS and our country. If not vote them out and elect those who will.

  13. isac

    Aug. 27, 2014
    10:37 p.m.

    This just shows who GOP really are, they wont help immigrants, they wont help dreamers that came here before they even remember their countries, trust me GOP wont even help their own people (Americans). Basically GOP will only support the rich, and make stupid wars to steal the goods of other countries.

    • disqus_rlSZVXRC24

      Oct. 14, 2014
      6:43 p.m.

      Do you understand the word ILLEGAL?

  14. disqus_rlSZVXRC24

    Oct. 14, 2014
    6:36 p.m.

    The number isn’t as important as the decision and how harmful it is to the U.S. and this sonofabitch has done more harm to this country than any other 10 presidents

  15. Derek Thomas

    Nov. 14, 2014
    9:53 p.m.

    What are we going to do to stop these maniacs? Their base eats up this stuff like candy. Most Americans are apathetic and now we’re dealing with real extremism from the GOP. We’re in trouble if there’s not a message sent that this kind of nutballery isn’t tolerated in 2016. I’m donating hardcore to the democratic party.

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