The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Dream and Promise Act, which grants total amnesty to illegal immigrants who entered the country while under the age of 18, by a margin of 228-197 on Thursday.
A total of nine Republicans sided with Democrats to pass the bill, which is now headed to the U.S. Senate.
The full list of Republican lawmakers who voted to approve the Dream and Amnesty Act,
- Don Bacon (NE)
- David Valadao (CA)
- Fred Upton (MI)
- Maria Elvira Salazar (FL)
- Dan Newhouse (WA)
- Brian Fitzpatrick (PA)
- Chris Smith (NJ)
- Carlos Gimenez (FL)
- Mario Diaz-Balart (FL)
The Dream and Amnesty Act would require a total of 10 Republicans to vote ‘aye” in the Senate to be recognized as law.
Such a number is entirely feasible, considering double that number of Senate Republicans voted to confirm radical anti-Second Amendment activist Merrick Garland as the nation’s Attorney General earlier this month:
20 Republican senators voted to confirm Garland – who has a history of opposing gun rights and downplaying Black Lives Matter and Antifa violence – including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and Lindsey Graham (SC).
Republicans on Thursday criticized the timing of the legislation, as illegal border crossings have spiked in recent weeks.
“Bringing an amnesty bill to the floor this week in the middle of a total crisis on our southern border not only is tone deaf, but is wrong,” said Texas Representative August Pfluger, one of the Republicans who went to the border Monday. “This bill will only incentivize more illegal crossings. What a week to put this bill to a vote.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday mocked the House for acting on legislation that doesn’t address the recent increase of people detained at the border, noting that the Biden administration called in the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the surge during a global pandemic.
“Are they leaping into action to repair the crisis?” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “No — they’re taking up an amnesty plan that would create a special new pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants working in certain industries.”
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy also said the Democratic bills do nothing to address the current situation at the border.
“So far, the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats aren’t providing any solutions,” McCarthy said on the House floor before the vote. “If anything, they are sending the message that anyone who makes the dangerous journey to cross the border will be rewarded.”
This is an excerpt from National File.
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