Ariz. Congressmen Attempt to Block Obama’s New Immigration Policy

Dennis Welch, AZ Family, June 19, 2012

A pair of Arizona congressmen are challenging President Barack Obama on his latest decision to stop deporting illegal immigrants who came to this country when they were children.

U.S. Reps. Ben Quayle and David Schweikert, who are running against each other in the GOP primary in the state’s new 6th Congressional district, filed separate bills this week that are likely not going anywhere.

Both of the measures seek to block Obama’s plans to give illegal immigrants between the ages of 16 and 30 temporary work permits if they have a clean criminal history and meet several other conditions.

{snip} By Monday, Quayle unveiled his anti-Obama legislation. Schweikert followed Tuesday with a plan to take away money the U.S. Department of Homeland Security needs for the plan.

In introducing the proposals, both congressman accused Obama of overstepping his authority. Schweikert took it a step further and said Obama was acting like a, “dictator.”

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While Republicans opposed what Obama did, it appears the public supports him. A new poll released Tuesday by Bloomberg shows 64 percent of likely voters agree with the president’s plan. Thirty percent, according to the survey, disagreed.

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The race between Quayle and Schweikert is one of the most competitive and highly watched primaries in the country because it pits two incumbents against each other.

The 6th Congressional District takes in parts of Phoenix as well as Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. The two congressmen were drawn into the same district after the once-a-decade job of redrawing the boundaries was completed.

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