Politics

House rebukes Obama on immigration

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. In what was acknowledged as a symbolic vote, the House passed a bill declaring it would undo the measures Obama announced last month to extend relief from deportation to more than 4 million immigrants in this country illegally.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. In what was acknowledged as a symbolic vote, the House passed a bill declaring it would undo the measures Obama announced last month to extend relief from deportation to more than 4 million immigrants in this country illegally.
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House Republicans have passed a bill denouncing President Barack Obama's executive actions onimmigration and declaring them "null and void."

The legislation, which passed 219-197, declares it would undo the measures Obama announced last month to extend work permits and relief from deportation to more than 4 million immigrants in this country illegally.

Yet all acknowledged the vote was mostly symbolic since the bill stands no chance in the Senate and faces a veto threat from Obama.

Republicans said the legislation was needed to rein in a lawless executive. Democrats decried it, saying it would break up families.

The bigger fight may lie ahead as immigration hardliners in Congress push to use must-pass spending bills to block Obama's actions.