US House votes to block Obama migrant plan

THE House of Representatives has voted to pass a bill that would effectively roll back President Obama’s recent immigration initiatives.

The bill still needs to go to the Senate for approval and the White House has said the president will veto it.

Mr Obama announced in November that he would use his executive authorities to enact sweeping immigration changes.

Republicans in the House say that the president’s actions overreach his authority and are unconstitutional.

It is the Republican’s latest attempt to challenge the White House, after taking control of both chambers of Congress in November.

In the wake of the elections, President Obama announced he would unilaterally reform immigration policies.

His executive order aimed at providing temporary relief from deportation to four million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. Wednesday’s immigration votes were on two amendments attached to a broader bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security – the agency that oversees immigration enforcement.

“This executive overreach is an affront to the rule of law and to the Constitution itself,” Speaker of the House John Boehner said after the vote.

“The people made clear that they wanted more accountability from this president, and by our votes here today we will heed their will and we will keep our oath to protect and defend the Constitution.”

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