President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration is facing new obstacles as House Republicans voted Wednesday to block the initiatives.
In passing a Department of Homeland Security spending bill, U.S. House Republicans can now potentially shutdown funding for the agency that secures U.S. borders. According to Reuters, Obama has threatened to veto the bill, but the legislation may be destroyed in the senate.
"The pointless, political bill passed in the House today will not pass the Senate," Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said in a statement.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest warned that the bill was poorly timed in light of the recent terrorist attacks in France. "There’s never a good time to muck around with the funding of the Department of Homeland Security, but given the events of last week this seems like a particularly bad time to do so,” he said.
The House measure grants $39.7 billion to Homeland Security, compared to their $400 million budget last year. However, Republicans attached many immigration-focused amendments, including one that would prohibit spending to implement Obama’s executive action on immigration.
In November, Obama offered legal reprieve to the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years.
House Republicans also added an amendment to reverse Obama’s 2012 initiative to defer the deportation of children who were brought to the U.S. illegally.