WASHINGTON — Three Florida Republicans refused to go along with an amendment that would end President Barack Obama's deferred action program for immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents.
Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and freshman Carlos Curbelo, all of Miami, were among 26 Republicans to oppose the amendment, which was adopted with the help of all other Florida Republicans.
The amendment was part of a package to fund the Department of Homeland Security but not immigration provisions enacted by Obama recently to shield up to 5 million people from deportation. It'll face a challenge in the Senate and a veto by the president.
"I am troubled with the administration's use of executive action on immigration and fully acknowledge the important constitutional questions raised," Curbelo said in a statement. "However, it is my firm belief that Congress should address the issue of overhauling our nation's immigration laws through separate bills, rather than attaching these amendments to the critical Homeland Security Appropriations bill. These reform bills would supersede the president's executive orders. This Appropriations bill now shoves the Department of Homeland Security, and the brave men and women charged with our nation's security, into the middle of the immigration debate. This is unfair to them as they work to keep us safe."