The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday evening that would set aside $ 4.5 billion for humanitarian aid in the migratory crisis on the southern border.
Immigration officials had argued for funding, saying they would soon run out of money to process migrants amid a massive wave of asylum seekers from Central America crossing the border illegally.
The bill passed the party lines in the Democratic-controlled room after landlord Nancy Pelosi had suppressed a mini-revolution by progressive and Spanish legislators looking for significant changes in legislation.
New provisions added to the bill were more modest than what those legislators had sought, but the urgent need for funding – to prevent the humanitarian emergency at the border from turning into a debacle – seemed to outweigh the persistent objections.
Landlord Nancy Pelosi can be seen earlier on Tuesday. She had to suppress a revolt within her party from the progressive party that refused to finance any border effort under Trump
The 230-195 vote puts a confrontation with the Republican-led Senate, who could instead try to force Democrats to send Trump another, and broad, two-party companion in the coming days as the chambers race for the must-do to finalize legislation. By the end of the week.
& # 39; The senate has a good bill. Our bill is much better, & Pelosi, a Californian democrat, told her Democratic colleagues at a meeting on Tuesday morning, according to a senior democratic assistant who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private session.
& # 39; We ensure that children have food, clothing, sanitary items, shelter and medical care. We offer access to legal assistance. And we protect families because families belong together, & Pelosi said in a speech on the next floor.
The bill contains more than $ 1 billion to house and feed migrants detained by the border patrol and nearly $ 3 billion to care for unaccompanied migrant children who are turned over over the Ministry of Health and Human Services.
It aims to regulate improved care standards at HHS & # 39; influx shelters & # 39; where children are housed awaiting placement with sponsors such as family members in the US.
Both House and Senate accounts ensure that funding cannot be transferred to Trump's border wall and that information about sponsors of immigrant children is not used to deport them. Trump would be banned from additional funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds.
& # 39; The president's cruel immigration policy that is tearing families apart and terrorizing communities demands strict safeguards in this law to ensure that these funds are used exclusively for humanitarian needs – not for immigration raids, no prisons, no border wall & # 39 ;, said the Commission for operating loans. Chairwoman Nita Lowey, DN.Y.
The White House threatened to veto the House's bill, saying it would hamper the government's efforts in the area of border security, and the Senate top republican proposed on Tuesday that Parliament take the Senate – who only received a single no vote during a committee – would accept votes last week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his two priorities this week are to meet the National Defense Authorization Act and the border security bill
& # 39; The idea here is to get a (presidential) signature, so I think as soon as we can get that out of the Senate, hopefully on a vote similar to that in the Credit Committee, I hope the House will conclude "This is the best way to solve the problem, which can only happen with a signature," said Mitch McConnell, head of the Senate, R-Ky.
A handful of GOP conservatives went to the White House to convince Trump to reject Senate law and demand additional funding for immigration enforcement, such as overtime for border agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers, according to a top GOP legislator demanding anonymity to discuss a private meeting. Trump should reject the advice.
House Democrats who were looking for the changes met with Pelosi on late Monday, and lawmakers who came out of the Tuesday morning caucus meeting generally supported the legislation.
The convention is planning to leave Washington in a few days for a week-long break on July 4, and there is great pressure to finalize legislation before that time. Agencies are about to run out of money and failure to act can entail rapid political reprimand and accusations of ignoring the plight of innocent immigrant children.
Longtime GOP Rep. Tom Cole from Oklahoma said the Democrats simply forced partisan bills to score political points and avoid the hard work of making laws, & warning that & # 39; passing on a partisan bill by this room will not solve the problem. & # 39;
Protesters gather to demand the defunding of government agencies for border control and customs enforcement on Tuesday
The legislator's sense of urgency to provide humanitarian assistance was reinforced by recent reports of horrific circumstances at a windowless Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, which houses more than 300 babies and children. Many were held there for weeks and cared for each other in conditions that meant inadequate food, water and sanitation.
By Tuesday, most were sent somewhere else. The incident was only an extreme example of the miserable conditions that were reported in countless locations where detainees were being held, and several children died in American custody.
The Border Patrol reported nearly 133,000 people last month – including many Central American families – when monthly members exceeded 100,000 for the first time since 2007.
Federal authorities involved in immigration have reported being overwhelmed, exhausting their budgets and accommodating a large number of detainees in structures intended for a handful of people.
Migrants ride a freight train on their way north, in Salto del Agua, Mexico, Tuesday
Changes revealed Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security would require new standards for the care of unaccompanied immigrant children and a plan to ensure adequate translators to help migrants deal with law enforcement. The government should replace contractors who provide inadequate care.
Many children detained in the United States from Mexico have been detained under severe circumstances, and John Planters, director of the Customs and Border Protection Department, told The Associated Press last week that children died after being involved in the agency. He said that Border Patrol stations have 15,000 people – more than three times their maximum capacity of 4,000.
Sanders announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the following month, indignant at the way his office treats detained migrant children.
In a letter threatening veto on Monday, White House officials told lawmakers that they objected that the house package lacked money for beds. The federal immigration and customs control office must have more migrants locked up. Officials also complained in the letter that the bill had no money to improve border security, including funds for building Trump's proposed border wall.
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