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WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted on Friday to strip protections from undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, putting more than a half-million young people at risk for deportation despite their longstanding ties to the United States.
The bill was approved 216 to 192, largely along party lines. Four Democrats — Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Nick Rahall (.) Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) — voted with Republicans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, making more than 550,000 undocumented young people vulnerable to deportation. A larger group of 11 Republicans broke ranks to vote with Democrats against the bill: Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), David Valadao (R-Calif.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz Balart (R-Fla.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.).
The measure has no chance of becoming law. It’s dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate, and there’s no way President Barack Obama would sign legislation to kill one of his key immigration policies. But the House bill will likely be brought up repeatedly, possibly for years, as Democrats hammer the GOP for its hard-line immigration policies.
The attack ads against Republicans practically write themselves and were foreshadowed in statements by Democrats before the vote.
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