5 NY Republicans vote to resume deportations of young immigrants

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Five of the six Republicans in New York’s congressional delegation voted this morning to resume deportations of young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents.
The House voted 224 to 201 to prohibit the use of any money in the Department of Homeland Security budget for 2014 to carry out President Obama’s executive order to stop the deportations.
Last year Obama told the Department of Homeland Security to stop deporting illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States before age 16, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and are either enrolled in school or are military veterans.
The proposal to block Obama’s action was authored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who said passage of his amendment signaled that House Republicans will oppose the Senate’s immigration overhaul that offers a path to citizenship.
“If this position holds, no amnesty will reach the president’s desk,’’ the Iowa Republican said.
Republican Rep. Michael Grimm of Staten Island joined New York Democrats in opposing the proposal. New York Republicans support the resumption of dfeportations were Reps. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook, Tom Reed of Corning, Chris Collins of Clarence, Richard Hanna of Oneida County and Peter King of Long Island.
New York Rep. Nita Lowey, the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, described the King amendment as a “poison pill’’ that scuttles months of work in a bipartisan spending bill.
“Despite an emerging consensus in support of allowing law-abiding undocumented immigrants to live, work, and study without fear of deportation, the House majority would force these individuals back into the shadows,’’ Lowey said. “Enforcement policy that targets law-abiding individuals as aggressively as serious criminals does nothing to enhance public safety and national security. It is simply cruel and foolish. It is especially disturbing that the majority would inject this divisive issue into an otherwise strong and bipartisan bill funding public safety and preparedness, a goal shared by Democrats and Republicans.”

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  1. I’m confused by one thing. January 30, 2013 Rep. Hanna (NY-22) stated he was in favor of the immigration reform proposed by Sen. Schumer (D-NY), that most Republicans oppose. On April 24th, Rep. Hanna wrote an article in favor of immigration reform, and visas for foreigners.

    On May 10th, Rep Hanna lamented the competition immigration reform would bring to job markets. Now he has voted in favor of deporting illegal immigrants.

    Is there anyone who actually knows what his real position is on illegal immigrants and immigration reform?