By LAURA WILKINS and KYLE WESTWOODAssociated PressRepublican lawmakers are preparing to introduce legislation that would strip funding from President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, saying the move is needed to give Congress time to pass a bipartisan immigration overhaul that includes a path to citizenship.
The Texas House of Representatives voted Monday to approve the legislation by a voice vote, but the Senate is expected to consider it later in the week.
The bill is likely to be introduced this week, and it is likely the Texas House will send it to the president for his signature, said a GOP aide familiar with the proposal.
A Texas Democrat said she would introduce a bill on the same subject this week.
House Majority Leader John Garamendi, D-Houston, said the measure is needed “to give us more time to get our immigration system fixed.”
Garamendi said his bill is aimed at “the next president” and has the support of about two dozen Republican lawmakers.
The measure is being proposed by state Rep. Dan Patrick, a former U.S. senator from Houston, and Rep. Tom Rooney, R-New Port Richey.
Texas has become a focus of immigration-related politics since Trump signed an executive order in January barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States and suspending the entry of refugees for 120 days.
The order also imposed a temporary ban on refugees from Syria.
The U.N. refugee agency estimates that more than 1.4 million refugees are currently living in the U.D.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.