House passes bill that would provide pathway to citizenship

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A long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill sailed through the House on Monday and headed to President Donald Trump for his expected signature, overcoming months of infighting, misjudgment and a feud between Trump and congressional Democrats.

The House legislation would also offer a pathway to citizenship for immigrants with temporary protections, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). The Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to consider the bill, leaving it to be fought over during the 2020 presidential and congressional election campaigns, Reuters reported.

"While it has taken far too long, this bill delivers much-needed assistance to American communities struck by recent natural disasters", House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat, said on the Senate floor Monday.

"The Democrats have had the opportunity to show that they are serious about the immigration problems of DACA recipients", said a member of the Council of judges of the house of representatives Doug Collins.

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that more than 2 million people already in the USA would get legal status under the House bill.

Since the fall of 2017, the White House has also tried to dismantle the DACA program, instituted by President Obama in 2012 through executive action.

With 237 to 187 vote, the House OK'd the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, or H.R. 6. They noted that among the bill's supporters is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Think Progress has compiled the number of people who would have been helped in each district where a Congressman said no.

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The bill also faced delays amid failed talks on Trump's $4 billion-plus request to care for thousands of migrants being held at the southern border.

"For years under Republican leadership, I demanded that the House be allowed to vote on this common-sense legislation", Pascrell added of the bill he has co-sponsored.

"This is a big step for Dreamers and TPS holders who have called the United States home but have been working and living in uncertainty for years", Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, said in a statement. He said he would continue pressing for that as part of separate legislation. "

"While Americans are justifiably alarmed at the crisis at the border - the exploitation of our humanitarian policies, and the wholesale release of newly-arrived illegal aliens in communities all across the United States - House Democrats have sent an unmistakable signal that they will do nothing to protect the interests or the safety of the American people.

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"We allow them to come here and now nearly 20, 25 years later, we're going to tell them, now you're going to have to go back?"

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"Today we are rejecting the political stunts and grandstanding that have made it hard to deliver much-needed disaster relief to families and communities across America", House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.) said Monday on the House floor.

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