The House on Wednesday rejected a Republican immigration bill that would have offered young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, fully funded President Trump’s border wall and put an end to family separations at the Mexican border.
The bill failed on a 301-121 vote despite the backing of Republican leaders and Trump, who tweeted that passage “will show that we want strong borders and security while the Dems want open borders and crime.”
Instead, Congress will likely leave for a 10-day Fourth of July recess without addressing the family separation crisis that has dominated media coverage for weeks and given congressional Democrats an issue they can hammer Republicans on over the break.
“Democrats envision immigration policies that are smart, responsible, and humane,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD). “That why we continue to be ready to work across the aisle to keep asylum-seeking families together and to solve the DACA crisis in a way that is fair and provides a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Both of these challenges were created by President Trump, and his actions are now making it harder for Congress to address them responsibly.”
While no Democrats voted for the GOP immigration bill, only 121 Republicans backed it and negotiations could not bridge the differences between moderate Republicans who wanted to solve the DACA and family separation crises, and hard-liners who saw the proposal as giving Dreamers “amnesty.”