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Ros-Lehtinen crosses party lines to vote against effort aimed at 'Dreamers'

Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was one of six Republicans -- and the only from Florida -- to vote today against a measure aimed at an Obama policy that prevents deportations of "Dreamers," the children of illegal immigrants.

Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who has also broken lines with his party on immigration issues, missed the vote.

The amendment, which was approved, was the work of Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. Passage brought boos from the gallery and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC, issued a statement reminding Republicans of their electoral problems.

“Despite multiple GOP 'autopsy' reports on the 2012 Election and pledges to be a more inclusive party, it is clear Republicans are just as hell-bent on pursuing the same extreme right-wing policies that led to their electoral defeat last November," Wasserman Schultz said. "In fact, the Republican Party has lurched even farther to the right, going from the party that wants undocumented immigrants to ‘self-deport’ to a party who wants to go back to the days of targeting young people for deportation.

“The key question moving forward is will the GOP-led House move in the direction of commonsense immigration reform that fixes our broken system and creates a path to earned citizenship or will it go backwards and target young people that are here through no fault of their own and who are contributing to our communities?”

[Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 3:52pm]


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