DCR Immigration & Policy: House passes bills to open path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants, legal status for farmworkers.☕☕☕

Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves House of Representatives and a new bill aimed at undocumented immigrants.

The House of Representatives passed two immigration bills on Thursday, one to open a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants and the other to give undocumented agricultural workers a chance to earn legal status. The votes came as the fate of President Joe Biden’s immigration plan remains unclear and the measures face an uncertain future in the evenly divided Senate.

The first bill named the American Dream and Promise Act passed 228 to 197, would create a path for citizenship for the approximately 2.5 million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, known as “Dreamers.” It also provides a path to citizenship for about 400,000 immigrants who were granted Temporary Protective Status (TPS), which is given to those who fled 10 designated nations because of dangerous conditions.

The second bill named the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, would provide a path for immigrant farmworkers to get a green card. The House passed the bill in a 247-to-174 vote. Thirty Republicans voted in favor and one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden from Maine voted against the bill.

Nine Republicans broke ranks and joined all Democrats in backing the measure. The Republicans who voted for the bill were Reps. Don Bacon (NE.), David G. Valadao (CA.), Fred Upton (Mich.), Maria Elvira Salazar (FL.), Dan Newhouse (Wash.), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA.), Christopher H. Smith (N.J.), Carlos A. Gimenez (FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (FL.).

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