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House votes to stop Obama immigration lawsuits
twt political blog ^ | 9 May 2012 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 05/09/2012 8:30:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog

The House voted early Wednesday morning to stop the Obama administration's lawsuits against state immigration laws.

The amendment, which strips funding so that the Justice Department cannot pursue the lawsuits, passed 238-173. Twelve Democrats voted for it, while six Republicans voted against it.

The amendment specifically applies to laws in Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, Utah, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Indiana. The Obama administration and immigrant-rights groups have sued to block laws in each of those states.

"Instead of using tax dollars to sue states, the Department of Justice and other branches of this government should start focusing on enforcing existing immigration laws," said Rep. Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican who as mayor of Hazleton oversaw a city ordinance cracking down on illegal immigration. "Until they do, the Department of Justice should not receive one federal tax dollar to sue states."

Last month the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's crackdown law, which requires state and local police to check the legal status of those they are investigating whom they suspect of being in the country illegally.

The amendment still would need approval by the Senate and acceptance by President Obama — both of which are unlikely. But Wednesday's vote underscores the popularity of state laws. Recent polling shows an overwhelming majority of voters support the idea of states being able to act.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: illegalaliens; immigration; justicedept
The Republicans who voted against the amendment were Reps. Judy Biggert of Illinois, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Robert Dold of Illinois, Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania, David Rivera of Florida and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.
1 posted on 05/09/2012 8:30:57 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Give them a real choice in the Senate. DOJ gets 60% of last years budget or they can vote for the amendment. Lets see what they do.


2 posted on 05/09/2012 8:54:37 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: Goreknowshowtocheat
DOJ gets 60% of last years budget

What "last year's budget"?

3 posted on 05/09/2012 8:58:18 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I mis-spoke. Should be 60% of last year’s spending.


4 posted on 05/09/2012 9:45:56 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: smokingfrog

WOW!!

Along with the $1 Million they want to strip from the DoJ for Fast and Furious lies, stonewalling and obfuscation, the GOP led House is REALLY putting the screws to Holder. LOL!


5 posted on 05/09/2012 10:58:22 PM PDT by Roccus
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'1 million"
how about 3...6% reduction (in real terms) of the DoJ budget
make the (Establishment) Beaucrats howl bloody murder.

6 posted on 05/10/2012 1:55:57 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA. DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...old Brazilian saying: "$@me $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: smokingfrog

“”Instead of using tax dollars to sue states, the Department of Justice and other branches of this government should start focusing on enforcing existing immigration laws,” said Rep. Lou Barletta”

Good for Lou Barletta!


7 posted on 05/10/2012 1:03:42 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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