US lawmakers vote to torpedo Obama’s immigration reform plan
thejournal.ie | Jan 15, 2014
THE US HOUSE has defied President Barack Obama by adopting Republican measures blocking his controversial immigration reform efforts, though the bill is unlikely to survive in its current form.
Lawmakers voted 236 to 191 to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September 30, the end of fiscal year 2015.
But the bill included several amendments torpedoing the plan Obama unveiled last November, which authorised the administration to provide work permits for millions of undocumented workers.
This proposed legislation had offered hope to some of the 50,000 undocumented Irish citizens living in the US. Though it would not help all of them, the reforms would mean protection for those who have had children in the country since they emigrated there.