House Democrats scored a major victory in their push to provide amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants after successfully passing the Dream and Promise Act, HR 6, which provides some 3 million with a pathway to citizenship after meeting a certain set of criteria.
Though Democrats’ majority in the House is slim, nine Republicans broke with the GOP and joined Democrats in easily passing the bill 228-197.
As of this writing, the Republicans who voted in favor of the bill haven’t been revealed, though that information is expected to come shortly.
Reuters has the story:
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed bills providing a pathway to citizenship for immigrants nicknamed “Dreamers,” who are living illegally in the United States after entering as children, as well as for a large number of immigrant farmworkers.
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The two measures now go to the deeply divided Senate where they face a difficult climb.
By a vote of 228-197, the Democratic-controlled House passed the Dreamers bill with only nine Republicans supporting it. The legislation would allow Dreamers to live, work, serve in the military and continue their educations without the threat of deportation and to eventually win U.S. citizenship if they meet a set of requirements
The House then approved the farmworker bill, 247-174, to shield about 1 million immigrant laborers, many of whom have been in the United States for decades, from deportation.
Both measures are among several attempts by Democrats to reverse former President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policies.
The legislation coincides with Democratic President Joe Biden’s efforts to contain the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom are fleeing dangerous conditions in Central America.
Many Republicans attacked the Dreamer legislation, saying the southwest border needed to be secured before taking any new steps on immigration reforms.
Dreamers, numbering around 1.8 million young immigrants, made the dangerous journey on their own, with parents or hired hands, often to escape gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and other countries.
Many have spent most of their lives in the United States and have been educated in U.S. schools.
During Thursday’s debate over the Dreamer bill, Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal noted she came from India to the United States alone at the age of 16, saying, “Let’s stop the hypocrisy of criminalizing immigrants.”
But Republican Representative Chip Roy said Democrats were doing “nothing to address cartels who have ownership of our border right now” and are pushing legislation that would prove to be “a magnet for traffic of more children.”
Should this bill pass through the 50-50 split Senate, it would mark a major victory for President Joe Biden and his ultimate goal of providing a pathway to citizenship for roughly 11 million total illegal immigrants currently on U.S. soil.
ARTICLE SOURCE : thefederalistpapers.org