House clears Senate version of border aid bill

House clears Senate version of border aid bill

The Republican-led Senate passed its own version of an emergency aid measure, approving a $4.6 billion package to pay some of the costs of the surge of migrants crossing the southern border.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a letter to colleagues before the vote, said that in order to get the assistance to the border quickly, the House would reluctantly vote on the Senate bill unamended.

The House and Senate bills ensure funding could not be shifted to Trump's border wall and would block information on sponsors of immigrant children from being used to deport them.

The Senate passed the bill Wednesday, setting aside almost $3 billion in humanitarian aid and increasing security measures at the border.

The Senate has approved bipartisan legislation providing $4.6 billion to care for thousands of migrants streaming into the USA across the Mexican border. At the facility and nine stations across the Rio Grande Valley, the Border Patrol was holding 7,600 migrants Thursday, she said.

Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., issued a statement describing the bill as a "rush job" saying she would have rather worked a long weekend ahead of Congress' Fourth of July recess than pass the measure. A subsequent vote on the bipartisan Senate bill succeeded, 84-8.

Illegal immigration opponents contended that the photo proved their point about the dangers that migrants faced in trying to enter the country through illegal and unsafe means-something that left-wing activists have openly encouraged while Democratic politicians have tacitly demurred in any effort to fix the country's rampant asylum abuse.

President Trump, however, expressed support for the Senate's bill and the urgent need for its $4.6 Billion in funding.

Attorneys representing migrant children filed papers Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles asking that the USA government be held in contempt of court for "flagrant and persistent" violations of the terms of a 1997 agreement that governs the treatment of children in immigration detention.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio, D-N.Y., while on her way to the Pelosi meeting, said: "I will not fund another dime to allow ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to continue its manipulative tactics".

Pelosi dropped the House's version of the bill amid opposition from swing district Democrats.

Pence has been conducting negotiations with lawmakers over the border bill while Trump is in Japan at the G-20 summit. Numerous migrants are either children or families, mostly from Central America.

Pelosi and House Democratic leadership, meanwhile, have been working to quell a progressive rebellion in their ranks over the bill, an unexpected wrinkle in the race to get the legislation passed and signed into law before a key agency - the Office of Refugee Resettlement - runs out of money at the end of the month.

Pelosi's decision to accept the Senate bill amounts to an uncommon and potentially embarrassing concession for the speaker.

The measure was initially only reluctantly accepted by the White House - which complained about elimination of the request for detention beds for immigrants facing removal from the USA - but GOP support grew after the measure presented an opportunity to outmaneuver Pelosi.

Lawmakers hurried to pass legislation before taking a recess next week.

"This bipartisan package will authorize critical policy aimed strengthening our military, supporting our troops, and enhancing our national security to meet the challenges we face both now and in the future", Romney said.

Pelosi told reporters Thursday she's a "lioness" when it comes to children.

He said the Trump administration might make administrative changes reflecting some of the House's demands.

Horrific conditions have been reported at some detention centers, including one in Clint, Texas, where some 300 kids were kept without proper access to food, water and bathrooms.

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