White House decries House vote on deportations

White House decries House vote on deportations

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol July 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 11:25 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is denouncing an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are in the country illegally.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says in a statement that the House is driving an approach to immigration focused on rounding up and deporting 11 million immigrants who are not legally in the United States and separating their families.

House Republicans have scheduled a vote to prevent Obama from undertaking further deportation relief in an effort to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border.

Obama in 2012 decided to defer deportations and give work permits to immigrants who entered the country illegally as children before 2007.

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