On Thursday, the House voted to pass legislation to grant citizenship for young Dreamers and other illegal immigrants in the United States.
Representatives voted mostly along party lines at a 228-197 vote, giving legal status to nearly 2 million illegals.
Perhaps they think this will assist with the government border crisis? However, it really won’t. Allowing millions of illegal immigrants into the country without gaining citizenship by due process is a slap in the face to every immigrant who because a citizen the right way.
They then voted 247-174 for a second measure creating similar protections for 1 million farm workers who have worked in the U.S. illegally; the government estimates they comprise half the nation's agricultural laborers.
Both bills hit a wall of opposition from Republicans insistent that any immigration legislation bolster security at the Mexican border, which waves of migrants have tried breaching in recent weeks. The GOP has accused congressional Democrats of ignoring that problem and President Joe Biden of fueling it by erasing former President Donald Trump's restrictive policies, even though that surge began while Trump was still in office.
While Dreamers win wide public support and migrant farm workers are a backbone of the agriculture industry, both House bills face gloomy prospects in the evenly split Senate. That chamber's 50 Democrats will need at least 10 GOP supporters to break Republican filibusters.
The outlook was even grimmer for Biden's more ambitious goal of legislation making citizenship possible for all 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally, easing visa restrictions, improving border security technology and spending billions in Central America to ease problems that prompt people to leave.
“They're so much of our country,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “These immigrant communities strengthen, enrich and ennoble our nation, and they must be allowed to stay.”
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