President Obama met with a group of young immigrants at the White House as the fight over his immigration policy rages in Congress. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama welcomed a group of young immigrants to the White House who avoided deportation under his recent executive actions. The meeting comes amid a fierce debate between the White House and Republicans who oppose Obama's immigration policies. Speaking to reporters, Obama said, "The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would have these six young people deported. I think that's wrong. And I think most Americans would think it was wrong if they had a chance to meet these young people. And legislation is going to be going to the Senate that, again, tries to block these executive actions. I want to be as clear as possible: I will veto any legislation that got to my desk that took away the chance of these young people who grew up here and who are prepared to contribute to this country that would prevent them from doing so." A U.S. Senate Republican on Wednesday proposed breaking the impasse in Congress over Obama's immigration policies by blocking only his 2014 executive order affecting the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The amendment from Senator Susan Collins of Maine would not affect Obama's 2012 program that helped undocumented child immigrants, widely known as the "Dreamers" program. The amendment marked a crack in Republican solidarity behind a House of Representative-passed bill that would defund the actions that Obama took both in 2012 and 2014 to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people. The fight raging in Congress over Obama's immigration policy has delayed passage of a Department of Homeland Security funding bill; the agency faces a Feb. 27 deadline when money runs out. Collins said she could not support the provision in the House-passed legislation that would undo the Dreamers program for undocumented children.