Below is a list of the 26 Republicans who voted with the Democrats against an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security funding bill sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). The amendment’s purpose is to block funds for President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
“Blackburn described her amendment as something that cuts off the magnet for future illegal immigration by Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC’s) to the United States.
“‘Last year, I had the opportunity to visit an unaccompanied alien children (UAC) facility at Fort Sill and also traveled to the southern border where I was briefed by U.S. Border Patrol agents,’ Blackburn said. ‘These visits confirmed what we have known all along — DACA is the magnet drawing Central American children here. UAC’s believe they will receive amnesty, as those before them have.’”
This is not an anti-immigration bill. The bill, if enacted, will go a long way to remove the incentive for mass waves of immigration that created last summer’s border crisis.
The following Republicans who voted with the Democrats. Most of them come from liberal states and/or states with large Hispanic populations:
- Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
- Mark Amodei (R-NV)
- Joe Heck (R-NV)
- Crescent Hardy (R-NV)
- Mike Coffman (R-CO)
- Ryan Costello (R-PA)
- Charlie Dent (R-PA)
- Pat Meehan (R-PA)
- Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
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