BREAKING: House votes 228-197 to create citizenship path for millions of undocumented immigrant “dreamers”

Moments ago, the House of Representatives passed an immigration bill protecting millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and offering them a pathway to citizenship in the U.S.

Per Axios:

  • Under this bill, the Homeland Security Department and the Justice Department would provide permanent resident status to people who meet specific qualifications.
  • It would provide a path to citizenship to immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before Jan. 1, 2021, were under the age of 18 at the time, and meet other criteria.
  • The bill would also offer a pathway to citizenship to immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a designation given to those who come from countries in crisis.

The 228-197,  vote was mostly party-based, with nine Republicans joining all the Democrats in support.

Biden’s Office of Management and Budget said in a statement of support Thursday. “Americans recognize that our nation is enriched by the contributions of immigrants.”

They added that the legislation is a “critical milestone toward much-needed relief for the millions of undocumented individuals who call the United States home.”

“When you have a crisis at the border, the last thing you should do is make it worse,” said GOP Whip Steve Scalie, R-La., who whipped members to vote “no.” “That’s what this bill does.”