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Divided House OKs Dems' bill helping Dreamer immigrants

Nancy Pelosi
Posted at 5:10 PM, Mar 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-18 18:10:28-04

The House has voted to open a gateway to citizenship for young Dreamers and other immigrants who have fled war or natural disasters abroad. Thursday's vote gives Democrats a win in the year’s first vote on immigration.

The issue faces a steep uphill climb in the Senate because Republicans are demanding that immigration bills contain steps to toughen border security.

The bill offers legal status to around 2 million Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and to others. Passage seems imminent on a second bill offering legal status to 1 million immigrant farm workers.