Updated: June 4, 2019 / 7:02 p.m.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to end the threat of deportation which hung over undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who entered the United States when they were children.
By a vote of 237-187, the Democratic-controlled House approved the legislation regardless of the opposition from the White House, which stated that the act would “reward illegal immigration.”
It’s said that only seven Republicans voted for the bill.
As it appears, there has been no sign that the Republican-controlled Senate would consider the House bill to pass, which will likely leave this Democratic initiative to be fought over during the 2020 presidential and congressional election campaigns.
During the earlier period of his administration, Republican President Donald Trump stated that he wanted to help Dreamers, many of those who were very young when they arrived in the United States with their parents.
However, after following a series of failed negotiations, Trump has since focused on tightening down on immigration laws and building a wall that will sit along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out any undocumented immigrants from Central America and other countries.
It’s estimated that the Democratic bill would protect at least 2 million Dreamers from deportation if they meet specific criteria, leading them on a path to U.S. citizenship.