President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address during the US Naval Academy the graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on May 24, 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House has voted to reject President Barack Obama's policy to end deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the United States as children.
The 224-201 vote broke along party lines and comes as Congress is working on overhauling the much-criticized U.S. immigration system.
Obama announced a program in June 2012 that puts off deportation for many people brought here as children. Applicants for the reprieve must have arrived before they turned 16, be younger than 31 now, be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military. They can't have a serious criminal record.
One of the most widely-backed elements of immigration reform, known as the DREAM Act, would award these immigrants legal status.