Legislation granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens passed

Legislation granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens passed

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that prevents immigrants who came to the U.S.as young children from being deported and gives them permanent residency along with a path to citizenship, fulfilling a major campaign promise without the drama that sank Miami Republicans when they tried to find an immigration compromise a year ago.

The legislation - a top priority for House Democrats - would offer protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and others who are now without permanent legal status.

As if to underscore the relentlessness and sweep of the immigration fight, the Democratic-led House Appropriations Committee took its own swipe at Trump by unveiling a separate bill that provides no additional money next year for building the president's long-sought barriers along the southwest border.

The Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which combines two bills, was one of the top priorities for House Democrats this year. Many of these illegal immigrants are declaring asylum and then released in the USA on their own recognizance to appear at a court hearing several months or a years in the future.


Previous recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - an Obama-era program the Trump administration is trying to reverse - could also apply for protection. This is for people who fled their countries because of armed conflict or natural disaster. They noted that among the bill's supporters is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The bill offers protection from deportation of of individuals who arrived illegally in this country as minors.

In total, the bill provides a pathway to citizenship for 3.2 million people according to NumbersUSA, a hardline immigration enforcement organization who characterized the bill as amnesty.

With 144,278 apprehensions reported by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in May alone, the border crisis is seemingly worsening.


"I think we could do better", Shelby said. "There are serious - life or death - repercussions if the Congress does not act". White House aides sent politicians a letter threatening a Trump veto, saying the measure "would incentivise and reward illegal immigration" without "protecting our communities and defending our borders". FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.

But following a series of failed negotiations, Trump mainly has focussed on clamping down on immigration and building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border to keep out undocumented immigrants from Central America and other countries.

House Republicans criticized Democrats for not offering a proposal on how it would pay the estimated $30 billion cost of the legislation and for not including funding for border security.


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