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David Schweikert Also Offers a Bill to Block Obama Immigration Policy

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Congressman David Schweikert, not to be outdone by his primary opponent, Congressman Ben Quayle, introduced his own bill to block the implementation of the Obama administration's new immigration policy.

This move by Schweikert may seem familiar, since Quayle did just about the same thing yesterday too.

The bills don't appear to have been added to the Library of Congress yet, but the proposals sound pretty similar.

The Obama administration's policy, announced late last week, provides a way for many people who were brought to the United States when they were younger to stay in the country.

Those who meet the criteria -- somewhat similar to that of the DREAM Act proposals -- won't be removed from the country, and can become eligible for work authorization for two years at a time (details here).

That policy doesn't seem to be sitting too well with the Valley's Republican Congressmen, who want that policy outta here.

A statement from Schweikert's office says his bill "prevents the president from dictating any immigration law or 'granting' amnesty."

"Specifically, it prevents the Department of Homeland Security from enforcing a presidential executive order as immigration law," Schweikert's folks say.

We're still awaiting some explanation at the time of this post, but the summaries sound alike.

Schweikert's office explains that his bill "stops this executive order immediately upon passage and strips the president and the Department of Homeland Security of any ability to grant amnesty or limit the enforcement of our laws, as the president might wish."

Quayle's office explains that his bill "prohibits the implementation of policies regarding the exercise of prosecutorial discretion by the Secretary of Homeland Security as outlined in Secretary Napolitano's edict last week."

It's not as if it really matters, as there's no chance in hell that either of these proposals would become law.

That said, weren't there some people complaining about election-year politics?

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