Republican plan to thwart immigration reform takes hit from anti-terror raid
The Guardian | Jan 16, 2015
A House Republican plan to defeat Barack Obama on immigration by tying the issue to counter-terrorism spending showed signs of stalling on Thursday, as Senate Republicans hesitated to back the strategy and a lethal anti-terror raid in Belgium underscored security concerns.
The House attached amendments attacking the president’s immigration reforms – including those meant to protect migrant children – to a bill passed on Wednesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The White House has said it would veto any legislation carrying the immigration amendments.
For the bill to get as far as the president, however, the Republican majority in the Senate would first have to decide to take a hardline vote on immigration. Asked on Thursday about the leadership’s intentions, Senator John Thune, the chairman of the Republican conference, turned the conversation to the importance of funding national security programs.