Legislative Update: On March 3, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to strip language that would have rolled back President Obama’s executive action on immigration out of a hotly contested Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill. The “clean” version of the bill, which had previously been passed by the U.S. Senate just the week before, was approved by a vote of 257-to-167. The move provides funding for DHS through September 2015, which marks the end of the current fiscal year and avoids the risk of a partial agency shutdown that would have occurred at the end of the week had no other agreement been reached.

With this action, Congress is effectively leaving the battle over President Obama’s executive action on immigration to be fought in the courts.