Top Democrats are urging Republicans to pass a ''clean'' Homeland Security funding bill with no immigration restrictions. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Top Democrats gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to urge Republicans to pass a "clean" Homeland Security funding bill. "It is bitterly cold out here, but if you want some hot air you go inside and listen to these Republicans talk about how they're the party of national security and homeland security. That's their talk, but their inaction means they are flirting with literal disaster," said Rep. Steve Israel. Democrats want to fund the department but oppose House amendments that strip funding from Obama's executive orders in 2012 and 2014 lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. Republicans charge that Obama overreached with his 2014 executive order shielding undocumented parents of U.S. citizens from deportation, as well as the 2012 order aiding undocumented child immigrants. The president has threatened to veto the House-passed measure. The deadline to pass a funding bill is February 27th.