(CNSNews.com) - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told a press conference Wednesday that President Obama will “properly” veto a Republican bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which expressly denies funding for Obama’s recent executive actions granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
“I speak on behalf of Leader Pelosi, who spoke so eloquently yesterday, and I speak on behalf, I think, of all of our caucus as Democrats saying we want to make sure that not only do we make the homeland safer by passing a Homeland Security bill unfettered by negative amendments, which the President will veto -- properly so -- and then pass a comprehensive immigration bill that will fix a system and redeem the promise of that lady who lifts her lamp beside the golden door, welcoming, encouraging, and making America better through the immigrants who have come to our shores through the centuries,” Hoyer said.
The Aderholdt amendment passed in the House only hours after Hoyer’s statement on a vote of 236 to 191. The amendment includes language stating that no funds may go to support Obama’s recently issued executive actions, which include deferred deportation for as many as five million illegal aliens currently living in the U.S. and a pathway for these illegal aliens to become legal and remain in the country.
A second amendment would scrap Obama's deferred deportation for the so-called DREAMers, illegal aliens who came to this country as young children.
If the legislation passes the Republican-controlled Senate -- and the White House says it will not -- Obama is expected to veto the bill to keep his amnesty initiatives going. But a presidential veto could mean that funding for the Department of Homeland Security will run out after Feb. 27, effectively shutting down the department.
During his press conference, Hoyer stood beside several DREAMers as he criticized the Republican pushback against Obama's policy-by-memoranda.
“I want to thank the Members and advocates who are here showing their support for this important issue and the millions who dream the same dream as so many Americans and wish to help build our country’s future, just like these young DREAMers I’m standing next to,” Hoyer said.
"Not only are they DREAMers, but their parents have dreams for them. Their aunts and uncles and others have dreams for them. And young people, we have dreams for you. We dream of the great things you’re going to do helping to make America a greater country, and we want to facilitate that.”
Hoyer called the Aderholdt immigration amendment “draconian” and “inconsistent with our nation’s values and its history,” adding that Obama was “right to act” on his own, going around Congress to grant amnesty. (The Aderholdt amendment prohibits any agency of the federal government from using any funds to carry out the expanded amnesty that President Obama ordered after the mid-term election.)
“Executive acts alone cannot fix our broken immigration system, but the President was right to act in the light of a failure to act by the House of Representatives and the adverse consequences that failure to act has had on families, on husbands and wives, on children,” Hoyer said.
At a press briefing Monday, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest if Obama would veto a DHS funding bill that did not include funding for his executive actions. Earnest responded, “Yes.”
“We’ve made clear, dating back to last fall, that the President would oppose any legislative effort to undermine the executive actions that he took to add greater accountability to our immigration system,” Earnest said. On Wednesday, he said again that President Obama would veto the DHS funding bill because of "this ideological rider."