The U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday for a bill that would effectively stop President Obama’s efforts to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The controversial action would also end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has stopped some 600,000 young undocumented immigrants, the so called “DREAMers,” from being deported and allowed them to work legally.

The GOP-led chamber voted 236-191 along party lines, with San Diego-area Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter voting for it, while Democratic Reps. Scott Peters, Susan Davis and Juan Vargas voted against.

Some 26 Republican lawmakers broke ranks with their party and voted against the amendment to the bill targeting DREAMers.

The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and would almost certainly be vetoed by the president.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.