WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed an amendment that would defund actions by the president to provide a path to citizenship to longtime undocumented immigrants.

It was an addition to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. Several congressmen including DeKalb County’s Rep. Robert Aderholt started the new Congress last week aiming to take down President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration.

“The amendment that I sponsored is an important first step of this new Congress,” Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said in a statement.

“It is important that we pass a conservative bill in the House so that the Senate can start from a position of strength.”

Aderholt said the bill includes language from his colleagues Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

“Simply put, the language defunds what has become known as the president’s amnesty orders, and, among other things, restores the Secure Communities program,” Aderholt said.

“The president’s unauthorized program known as deferred action is also terminated — no new applicants are allowed, and holders of a current deferral cannot get those renewed when they expire. Finally, the bill has language making it illegal for the president to use revenue from visa fees to fund his unconstitutional amnesty orders.”

Aderholt credited Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, for his guidance.

“Sen. Sessions has his work cut out for him in the Senate, but it has been my intent all along for the House to provide him with a good, conservative bill to work from,” Aderholt said.

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