UNITED STATES—The Dreamers And Promise Act of 2019 was passed by Congress with a vote of 236-187 on June 4.
This bill was introduced by Lucille Roybal-Allard and reportedly calls for the protection of immigrants residing in the U.S. who entered the country illegally with their parents as children. The bill protects these individuals from deportation and paves the way to U.S. citizenship for approximately two million additional illegal immigrants.
Democrats in Congress along with seven Republicans; Mario Diaz-Balart, Fred Upton, Don Bacon, Chris Smith, Brian Fitzpatrick, Will Hurd, and Dan Newhouse voted in favor of the bill.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi allowed the vote to take place amidst immigration negotiations between Mexico and the Trump Administration. President Donald Trump is currently working with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the President of Mexico on a plan to limit the flow of illegal immigrants attempting to enter the country.
“The stories of America’s Dreamers, as well as those of TPS and DED recipients, are shining examples of what is possible in America. Their hard work – their courage – is what made today’s passage of the American Dream and Promise Act possible,” said Pelosi in a statement on the passing of the bill.
The Patriots Post reported that the Dreamers and Promise Act of 2019 will cost upwards of $34 million with none of those funds allocated towards border security. “Let me remind you, friends,” wrote Gary Bauer wrote on June 6. Bauer argued that Trump offered a generous deal for the “Dreamers,” but Congress rejected it because the President insisted on securing the border.
White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the passage of the amnesty bill.
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell publicly stated that the bill will probably not pass the U.S. Senate.