(WASHINGTON) — The House kicked off its five-week recess passing two bills late Friday aimed at dealing with the influx of unaccompanied minors across the United States/Mexico border.
One measure sought to undo the President’s “deferred action” program staving off deportations and granting work permits to younger immigrants brought here illegally as children.
Illinois Democrat Luis Gutierrez furiously accused Republicans of seeking to deport kids, saying, “Only cowards scapegoat children, and only those who are ashamed of themselves do it in the night.”
Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte answered that ending “deferred action” won’t deport anyone.
“This bill simply freezes a program that violates the United States Constitution,” Goodlatte said.
Democratic opposition to that bill, and a $700 million funding package for the border, mean neither House-passed measure will become law.
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