The House has passed legislation 237-187 that would grant citizenship to an estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, in a largely party-line vote.
“America’s Dreamers represent the constant reinvigoration of our country. Today, the House will pass the American Dream [and] Promise Act—an historic step for immigrants and communities across America,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted Tuesday.
“Americans see the wonderful contributions of America’s #Dreamers every day in communities nationwide,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., tweeted before the vote. “As the House passes the Dream and Promise Act today, we are taking a stand for these patriotic, inspiring young Americans.”
The legislation would allow people who came to the country illegally as children under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and persons eligible for Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure to bypass deportation and obtain a pathway to citizenship.
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., tweeted before the vote that the legislation will only worsen the situation on the southern border.
“House Democrats are about to pass a massive amnesty bill for illegal aliens that will significantly contribute to the crisis that we’re experiencing on our border,” he said. This bill removes deterrents [and] buttresses incentives.”
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