House Passes Sweeping Immigration Bills

House Passes Sweeping Immigration Bills

( – President Joe Biden has made immigration one of his top priorities. Not in the way former President Donald Trump did, though. Instead of looking at it from a national security angle and trying to limit immigration into the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, his policies seem to be increasing the number of people crossing the border.

The president even supports giving amnesty for millions of immigrants, and the House of Representatives recently passed two bills that would do just that.

Immigration Bills Move Forward

On Thursday, March 18, the House passed two sweeping immigration reform bills. The first bill, the Dream and Promise Act, would allow those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to apply for citizenship. Currently, they’re allowed to live and work in the US legally, but they have no pathway to citizenship. The bill passed 228-197, with 9 Republicans voting with Democrats. Over 3 million immigrants could become citizens under this bill.

The second bill, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, would allow illegal immigrants working in agriculture and their families to stay in the US legally. The legislation passed 247 to 174, with 1 Democrat voting against it and 30 Republicans voting in favor.

What Now?

The bills will now head to the Senate. If they go to the floor for a vote, the GOP will undoubtedly use a filibuster to block them. That means the Democrats will need to convince 10 Republican senators to vote with them to pass them. If that doesn’t happen, then the immigration reform bills will die in the Senate.

It’s important to note that if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) decides to alter the filibuster rules, there’s a possibility the Left could pass the bills with a simple majority. The chances of that happening are unknown, but there’s been a lot of chatter about it in recent days. As of right now, though, there’s little chance the bills will pass under the current rules.

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