There are grey areas when it comes to fixing the immigration system.Congress’ ability to move forward with a plan to fix America’s broken system is disorderly, as well as the communication portal for both party lines.
This week, House Republicans voted to thwart President Barack Obama’s deferred action program that currently allows undocumented young immigrants to stay and work in the United States without fear of deportation. In a 2012 interview, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters that Under the DREAMers, Obama wanted to “ensure that resources are not spent pursuing the removal of low-priority cases involving productive young people.”
In her article, Obama Administration To Stop Deporting Younger Undocumented Immigrants And Grant Work Permits, Huffington Post reporter, Elise Foley writes that “those who came to the United States before the age of 16 and have lived in the country for at least 5 years can” apply for the relief.
The amendment, which “would prohibit the Obama administration from implementing “executive amnesty,” was offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and was passed by 224-201. What this means for the 300,000 Dreamers who have been granted deferred action since May is that many could see deportation if Congress passes the bill. But that’s unlikely to happen because these are not high-priority cases.
Flabbergasted by GOP’s vote, Dan Pfeiffer, Obama adviser said this:
“Nearly the entire House GOP just voted to deport the Dreamers, a position to the right of Romney. Is Self-Deportation still the GOP plan?”
The amendment also comes at a time when health care provisions for illegal immigrants is at the center of debate because for Republicans, allowing immigrants here illegally to get coverage under Obamacare “is not the promise that was made in 1986” when President Ronald Reagan signed a deal that would provide amnesty for illegal immigrants in exchange for tougher border security. The comment comes from Rep. Tom Price, the Georgia Republican who says that the GOP doesn’t trust “the administration to enforce the current laws that are on the books as they relate to much of immigration.”
Only once can immigrants get a permanent resident green card and would they then obtain Obcamacare subsidies.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, “Obamacare tax subsidies will cost an average of $5,300 annually for each person who gets them.”