The Latest: House passes measure to help migrants stay in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House legislation on immigration (all times local):
Democratic legislation aimed at helping more than 2 million migrants stay in the U.S. has cleared the House. But that’s about as far as it’s likely to get.
The measure would help young migrants brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children. This includes many “Dreamers” protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which President Donald Trump has tried to dismantle.
It would also protect others here temporarily from countries racked by wars, natural disaster or disease.
The migrants would be offered chances for legal residency and citizenship.
Republicans criticize the measure for lacking border security provisions and say it’s too lenient. It has virtually no chance of even being debated in the Republican-controlled Senate. And the White House has threatened a veto.
Democrats are ignoring a White House veto threat and muscling legislation toward House passage that would bestow a chance for citizenship on an estimated 2 million-plus migrants.
The bill that stands virtually no chance of enactment but lets them showcase their efforts on one of their highest-profile priorities.
It would protect from deportation and provide a pathway toward citizenship for young migrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Many would be “Dreamers” currently safeguarded by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which only the federal courts have thwarted Trump from dismantling.
It would also shield others here temporarily because their home countries — chiefly in Central America, Africa and the Middle East — have been ravaged by wars or natural disasters.