UPDATE 11:33 AM - Zach Hunter, Congressman Kinzinger's spokeman, explains why Kinzinger was the only Illinois Republican to oppose Blackburn's H.R. 5272:
Congressman Kinzinger supported the original House language to curtail the administration's deferred action program and has previously voted twice to repeal or defund it. However, last minute changes in legislative language were poorly constructed and would have made our already broken immigration system more confusing and inefficient.
WASHINGTON - With votes from the Illinois delegation that did not stay within party lines, GOP Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) passed legislation to slow down the flow of Central American children coming across the U.S. southern border. The vote passed 216 to 192, with 1 present, 4 Democrats voting yes and 11 Republicans voting no.
One Republican from Illinois - Adam Kinzinger of the 16th CD - joined Democrats Kelly, Gutierrez, Danny Davis, Duckworth, Schakowsky, Schneider, Enyart and Foster and opposed H.R. 5272.
Democrat Dan Lipinski voted "Present" and Republican Aaron Schock and Democrat Bobby Rush were not present for the Friday night vote. All the other Illinois Republicans - Rodney Davis, Hultgren, Shimkus and Roskam - supported Blackburn's bill.
H.R. 5272 would prohibit a federal agency or instrumentality from issuing after July 30, 2014 memorandums or policies that:
- modify the June 15, 2012 executive memorandum concerning deferred action for childhood arrivals in any manner that would expand the number of aliens eligible for deferred action;
- newly authorize deferred action for any class of aliens not in lawful immigration status in the United States; or
- newly authorize any alien (except a parolee or a crewman permitted to land temporarily) to work in the United States who was not lawfully admitted into, and not lawfully present in, the United States.
Kinzinger's office has been asked for a statement. Protests urging Congress to reverse Obama's plan facilitating immigrant minors crossing the border were held in the Wheaton area last week.