WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives has made it clear that it wants to stop the flow of unwanted foreigners into its territory. With much tension and backbiting – and not all of it along party lines – the House has made it clear that it will not allow across its borders any cleared legislation from the Senate.
House Republicans met for two-and-a-half hours on Wednesday before announcing definitively that they would not consider a comprehensive immigration overhaul passed by the Senate. This follows congressional failure to pass student loan reform despite broad bipartisan support.
The GOP is violently opposed to anything resembling amnesty, and that includes bills passed by Congress’s higher house. Many Republicans come from districts so conservative that their only significant re-election challenge comes in the primaries, thereby nearly ensuring the House GOP will continue to abort every immigration reform effort.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said that undocumented parents could sneak young bills into the House, and then bills that were raised there by true Americans get grouped unfairly with “illegals.”
“You can’t separate the Dream Act kids from those who came across the border with a pack of contraband on their back, and they can’t tell me how they can do that,” added King.