President Barack Obama on Tuesday lashed out at House Republicans who have voted to pass the so-called “amnesty” bill, a move that will allow thousands of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally.
“We are not going to let them get away with this.
We are not.
And they’re not going away,” Obama said during a campaign stop in Ohio.
“It’s the exact opposite of what we stand for.”
The immigration bill is designed to allow young immigrants, those between the ages of 17 and 25, to stay legally in the U.S. The legislation also allows the government to waive fines for those who don’t have an immigration status.
It would provide the government with another $5 billion in additional funding for border security.
Trump’s proposal would make permanent a rule that has limited the number of immigrants granted asylum, a provision the president has argued is needed to stop the flow of migrants from Central America to the U., particularly after the 2014 death of U.N. peacekeeper Alan Kurdi.
But some Republicans are concerned the legislation would let people who are already here stay in this country without being deported, which they say could increase crime in the United States.
Some House Republicans have argued that the legislation could also be used to expand a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which allows some undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children to work and receive education credits.
Obama’s office said Wednesday that the president is focused on his work to close the gap between the economy and the federal budget and is not backing down on the fight against the so called “amigo bill.”
He said he’s not backing away from his commitment to closing the immigration gap.
“The president is not going anywhere, and he’s going to continue to take on the toughest enemies in the world,” White House press secretary Eric Schultz said on Tuesday.
“But it’s important to remember the president will always be the leader of his party.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan has vowed to oppose any legislation that allows undocumented immigrants who are brought to this country illegally to stay here.
The immigration legislation will go to the Senate on Thursday and is expected to pass there.
It has been met with strong opposition in the House, which passed a bipartisan bill in March that was designed to address the crisis, but failed to garner enough support.
“Our bill is a good step forward, but we need to make sure we do this in a responsible way that doesn’t lead to the return of an epidemic,” said Rep. Raúl Grijalva, a Democrat from Arizona.