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House votes down immigration bill

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/27/18, 05:04 pm

As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted down a Republican leadership–backed immigration measure that would have given some immigrants brought to the United States as children a path to citizenship. The 301-121 vote to kill the bill came despite President Donald Trump tweeting his support earlier in the day, a turnaround from late last week when the president said lawmakers should abandon the measure as a waste of time. The bill, which would have financed Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, limited legal immigration, and curbed the separation of migrant families, was expected to die because of Republican divisions and solid Democratic opposition. After the vote, the president told reporters he hadn’t gotten “overly excited” about the bill because it wouldn’t have passed the Senate. GOP leaders have said they hope to vote on a narrower measure by Friday to curb the separation of families at the border, but it is unclear if that will happen before Congress breaks for the Fourth of July holiday. 

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Kiley Crossland

Kiley reports on marriage, family, and sexuality for WORLD Digital. Follow Kiley on Twitter @KileyCrossland.

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  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Wed, 06/27/2018 09:33 pm

    I wonder why I have not heard much talk about targeting those who profit by smuggling or hiring illegal immigrants.  This seems a no-brainer to me.  Illegal immigration cannot survive without these.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 06/28/2018 06:28 pm

    Why are they still talking about limiting legal immigration? Unemployment is quite low right now, so it can't be about taking jobs away from Americans, can it? Sure, we need a secure border, and to make sure that when people come into our country, they do so legally. But why cut down on legal immigration too? What problem would that solve?

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 06/29/2018 01:28 pm

    As usual, an ineffectual Congress has no plans and can't legislate its way out of the proverbial paper bag.

    Can we seriously just fire everyone in Washington and start from scratch?