House passes bill providing path to citizenship for Dreamers

by Jenny Mount · Mar 19th, 2021 1:34 pm

Last Updated Mar 22nd, 2021 at 12:37 pm

The U.S. House passed the the American Dream and Promise Act 228-197 as part of the Democrats' first effort at immigration reform under the Biden administration.

Nine Republicans joined the Democrats in support of the bill, which creates a pathway to citizenship for approximately 2.5 million immigrants living in America who were brought into the country illegally as children and who have come for humanitarian reasons.

Under the bill, the Homeland Security Department and the Justice Department would provide permanent resident status to people who arrived in the U.S. before January 1, 2021, were under the age of 18 at the time, and meet other qualifications. The bill would also offer citizenship to immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that is given to people coming from countries in crisis.

The Democrats are hoping to receive support from 10 Republican senators to reach the 60-vote filibuster-proof threshold. To pass the immigration reform, Democrats want to use the budget reconciliation process that allows bills to pass the Senate with a simple majority. A similar bill previously passed the House with only seven Republican votes.


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