BREAKING – Gardner and Coffman vote to defund DACA

(PCG Note: Hey, Coffman, enjoy the commercials on Spanish-language TV stations explaining how you voted for this…)

POLS UPDATE #2: The Denver Post's Allison Sherry:

The vote, which all the other Colorado House Republicans supported as well, is interesting because Coffman has tried in recent months to rebrand himself as more sympathetic to his Latino constituents…

Coffman recently said he supported parts of the Senate immigration bill and told people in a town hall he favored legal status for illegal immigrants.

Coffman’s office didn’t have an immediate comment on the vote.

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POLS UPDATE: The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic reports:

Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman joined other Republican members of the House in voting to lift the executive order issued by President Obama last year that suspended deportation of undocumented immigrant youth and offered them the opportunity to apply for work permits.

The amendment was attached to a Homeland Security appropriations bill by Iowa Rep. Steve King, a leading hardline opponent to any immigration reform that doesn’t prioritize border security.

The vote comes as debate on Capitol Hill heats up around an immigration-reform proposal written by a bipartisan group of senators that many Republican strategists, reeling from electoral drubbing in 2012, had hoped would win at least enough support on the right to soften the party’s image as unsympathetic to the concerns of ethnic minority and immigrant communities…

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Rep. Steve King (R, Iowa)'s amendment to an appropriations bill passed narrowly. According to America's Voice Online:

The amendment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill would restrict DHS from using any discretion in immigration enforcement, which would have the effect of undoing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and placing all DREAMers (even those who have received DACA approval) at risk of deportation.

Colorado Representatives Gardner and Coffman voted for it in its passage.

 

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  1. It's worse than that, I think. How much does DACA cost? Nothing, because these people aren't being deported. So what is it that's being defunded if DHS doesn't comply? Deportations generally?

    Congress cannot constitutionally deprive the Executive of prosecutorial discretion and the President's official power to offer reprieves and pardons. The Supreme Court has already ruled on this.

    Of course, the Senate will remove the language, and it won't be in there when it goes to Obama's desk – he's promised a veto if it makes it there. If you doubt, ask yourself what happened to the same amendment King had attached to the 2012 DHS appropriations bill.

    • bullshit!bullshit! says:

      So much for the "New Coffman."

      • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

        I had planned to root for Coffman against Romanoff but this is something that really annoys me.  

        • ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

          I personally think conservatives should avoid speaking ill of other conservatives on a liberal blog. How is this helping?

          • BlueCatBlueCat says:

            That's the difference between a thinking being and a simplistic program that just regurgitates a few talking points which is what you are, flesh and blood or not. 

            • Diogenesdemar says:

              ROFL . .

              It can't even get three words out without misrepresenting — "I personally think…"  Yeah, right!  

              What a tool?!?

               

              • ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

                Whatever. I follow the 11th Commandment.

                • Diogenesdemar says:

                  Ummm, . . . Ronald Raygun was no Charlton Heston . . .

                  . . . just sayin' . . .

                  • Curmudgeon says:

                    I dunno, the GOP and the Tea Party has been great at cherry-picking bible verses, and claiming the Founding Fathers created a Christian nation…

                    what's the big deal about adding a Commandment?

                     

                • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                  Unless a Republican pol isn't rabidly rightie enough. You have no trouble smearing those you see as breaking ranks. Your Saint Reagan may not have been very bright or even in full possession of his faculties for his last 5 or 6 years as president,  but he had no trouble tolerating a wide range of views within his party, all but one set of which have since been purged. He even had friendly relations with many Dems. 

                  That's why he, unlike today's Rs ,enjoyed broad  enough support for much of his presidency to actually get re-elected while clearly already suffering from early stage dementia, not to mention all the criminal activity. To be fair he probably was the least responsible member of his administration, being so clearly impaired.

                  In any case, as long as you, program or human, represent the standard for the GOP it will never  again win as big as Reagan did. Might never produce a President again without purging the purgers and the wackos first.

          • Well, let's see. In some peoples' version of reality, an open discussion of all viewpoints coupled with healthy criticism leads to better policies and growth of the country to which we all belong. In other peoples' version of reality, standing by your party is more important than trying to improve policy.

          • ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

            This isn't the fucking World Series, Arapa. Politics affects the lives and well-being of real people. Feel free to root for the Rockies no matter how badly they play–as do I–but in politics, ridiculous notions of tribal loyalty only show a weak mind and a lack of compassion for the human lives changed by political decision-making.

          • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

            Better to have criticism now when chance for correction than to leave problem uncorrected through eve of 2014 election.

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