House passes legislation to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants

The House of Representatives Thursday passed immigration bills that would protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and offer them a pathway to stay in the United States permanently.

The House approved the Dream and Promise Act, which would help more than 3 million so-called “Dreamers” and others gain legal status and a chance for citizenship, according to a Democratic aide.

The vote was 228-197, with nine Republicans joining all the Democrats in support.  Seven Republicans joined Democrats the last time the issue was considered in 2019.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, also passed Thursday by a 247 to 174 vote, with 30 Republicans voting for it and one Democrat voted against. It would help another 1 million immigrant agriculture workers and their families stay legally in the United States.

President Biden, who backed both bills, urged Congress to not stop there and to continue to work toward passing comprehensive immigration reform to create a pathway for citizenship for all the 11 million undocumented immigrants Democrats estimate are living in the United States.

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