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President Barack Obama is vowing to veto any legislation that tries to undo his executive immigration order signed in November, including a House bill tying the order to Department of Homeland Security funding.
President Barack Obama is vowing to veto any legislation that tries to undo his executive immigration order signed in November, including a House bill tying the order to Department of Homeland Security funding.
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Second Defeat for GOP on Homeland, Immigration Bill - ABC News The House GOP-backed bill that Senate Democrats aim to block would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Sept. 30, but would undo President Obama's executive immigration order, which could give millions temporary legal status. From the story: "The vote in the Senate was 53 to 47, similar to Tuesday's vote on a similar procedural measure, and well short of the 60 votes that would be needed to open debate on a House-passed Homeland Security measure." Another vote is expected Thursday; Homeland Security is currently funded through Feb. 27.

House and Senate Republicans clash on immigration - Politico A back-and-forth between House and Senate Republicans "speaks to the growing tension...over their attempts to push back against Obama’s executive actions deferring deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants. Even before this week, House GOP lawmakers were worried that Senate Republicans would move too slowly, give up on fights too easily and fail to stand up to Obama’s White House — even with the long-sought majority in their hands."

Obama: I'll veto bill that reverses immigration actions - USA Today From the story: "President Obama vowed Wednesday to veto any Republican bill that tries to reverse his new immigration policies, and added that 'I am confident that I can uphold that veto.' Obama made the declaration after meeting with six young people he said would be deported if some congressional Republicans have their way."

Congressman Speculates 'Illegal Aliens' Could Be To Blame For Measles Outbreak - Huffington Post The measles and vaccination debate has now found its way into the immigration debate, with Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama saying in a radio interview "that 'illegal aliens' may be to blame for the recent measles outbreak that began in California and has continued to spread to other states." The outbreak, linked to initial exposure at Disneyland, has sparked a strong debate over some parents' decision not to vaccinate their children. Brooks referred to the illness as "brought into America by illegal aliens who are not properly health care screened."