U.S. House Passes Immigration Bills Providing Citizenship to ‘Dreamers,’ Farmworkers

The United States House of Representatives on March 18 passed a pair of immigration bills that would provide citizenship to undocumented immigrants in the country.

The House first passed H.R.6 – the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 with a vote of 228-197 that would allow “Dreamers,” or young undocumented immigrants, as well as Temporary Protected Status recipients and Deferred Enforced Departure beneficiaries, a permanent resident status and eventually, U.S. citizenship.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the approval as a “momentous step toward our democracy.”

Speaking on the House Floor, Pelosi said the legislation “honors the truth that immigrants are the constant reinvigoration of our country, when they come here with their hopes and dreams and aspirations.”

Next, the House passed H.R. 1603 – the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 with a vote of 247-174 that would provide legal status to seasonal migrant farm workers, as well as their spouses and children, through continued employment in the sector.

“The bill honors the millions of farm workers who are the backbone of our economy, quietly persevering through harsh working conditions and low wages, as they power the farm economy and put food on our tables,” Pelosi said at the House Floor.

Both legislations, which were reintroduced in the chamber after being passed in previous years, face an uncertain future in the Senate where Democrats need enough support from Republicans to reach 60 votes.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin told CNN last March 15 that the Congress does not have enough support to approve a full-blown immigration bill to grant citizenship to an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Both bills also come amid an influx of migrants, including unaccompanied minors, crossing the borders to the U.S. in recent weeks.

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