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House GOPs Vote to Revoke Obama’s Immigration Reform

"I grew up in the farms, I grew up picking grapes. Basically, all kinds of field work," shared Lazaro Salazar, a Fresno-based immigration attorney of his childhood.

But now, Salazar’s work is for the local people, who grew up just like him.

Salazar said, ‘There are many people out there who have these statuses as dreamers, who are working hard, in spite of their status, because they are with that dream of one day being able to be here legally."

He said he’s disappointed the House of Representatives on Wedesnday voted to undo President Obama’s executive order on immigration.

"To do something like this, I think, is counterproductive," said Salazar.

The house passed a bill on Wednesday that would revoke the opportunity for undocumented immigrants to become citizens, pay taxes, and live as free citizens.

Thomas Holyoke is a Fresno State political science associate professor. He said the new bill would be, "Essentially eliminating any and all protections for any undocumented people in the United States."

But many Republicans who support the legislation say the President over-stepped his authority by acting unilaterally on immigration reform. Holyoke said the House’s vote could affect the GOP’s hope for the presidential seat in 2016.

"In presidential elections, a larger slice of the electorate votes and almost certainly that would include a lot more Latinos. And for the Republican party to be sponsoring legislation that really is only going to be seen as an attack on Latino voters in the United States– this is a little self destructive on their part," said Holyoke.

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