House votes to block Obama orders on immigration

A bare majority of the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass legislation that would prohibit President Barack Obama from carrying out the executive orders he issued recently that defer the deportation of an estimated five million undocumented immigrants.

The House vote for H.R. 5759 was 219-197, one vote more than the 218 needed for a majority.

The vote was largely symbolic because the resolution is not expected to get a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Even if it did pass the Senate, Obama would be expected to veto it.

“The House has chosen to act and prohibit the president acting alone on immigration so that Congress can do its job and find a solution for all Americans,” said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Sharpsburg).

“We need to be focusing on closing the border and improving workers permits, not allow those who entered illegally a free pass to stay longer,” Westmoreland said.

“President Obama defied the public and the process through his executive actions, and today the people’s House acted on the people’s will,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville).

“There’s nothing symbolic or politically motivated about that, and the Congress the American people elected will work on a solution to our immigration problem despite President Obama’s efforts to poison the well,” Collins said.

Georgia’s Republican House members – Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Tom Graves, Jack Kingston, Tom Price, Austin Scott, Collins, Westmoreland and Rob Woodall – voted for the measure. Rep. John Barrow was one of two House Democrats who voted with the GOP.

Democratic House members Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, John Lewis and David Scott voted against the legislation.

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