Looking at the worsening immigration situation in Texas that has led to the death of many undocumented children, while bringing in health issues for several others, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has supported a $4.6 billion Senate border-funding bill, passed by the House on Thursday.
The bill passed by a 305-102votes, aims to provide emergency funding to the border to mitigate the prevailing crisis, while granting basic amenities to the immigrants. In the next step, the bill would go to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature.
Nancy Pelosi’s backing of the bill aggravated the existing divisiveness as earlier she had called for changes in the Senate bill in reconciliation with a measure passed by the House, which the progressives highly favored. The progressives also wanted mandatory care requirements on the facilities, including housing migrants and safeguards to ensure the funding goes to the border. However, with no improvements, the bill became a source of heavy criticism by the progressives.
It also brought in wide disagreement between the members of the House. Democrats outraged as 129 supported the bill and 95 opposed it. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked her fellow Democratic members to go against Nancy Pelosi. The case was similar amongst the Republicans as 176 favored the bill, leaving behind seven, who opposed the measure.
By supporting the passed legislation, Pelosi has portrayed her decision in favor of the undocumented immigrants, who were living in filthy conditions at a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, while keeping control of the House Democratic caucus throughout the debate.
The analysts have argued that the negotiating compromises between Sen. Richard Shelby, the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the committee, resulted in the bill. The bill would thus provide billions of dollars for children’s healthcare and other issues in federal custody.
President Donald Trump welcomed the bill tweeting, “great job done by all!”
From intense arguments to the outpouring emotions, the leaders in the House overall witnessed a great debate. There were huge disputes between the Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan, co-chair of the progressive caucus and Democratic Rep. of New York Max Rose , who is also a member of the problem solvers caucus, over the Senate bill.
Texas Democrat Rep. Veronica Escobar touched everyone’s hearts during her speech at the House, indicating the dangerous circumstances and the difficulties that the immigrants have to go through while crossing the border. With the deal, it has been anticipated that there would be no more deaths of undocumented immigrants due to lack of facilities.
Nancy Pelosi’s decision-making would finally benefit the children, improving the situations in Texas. Prioritizing the border funding bill, she wrote a letter to her caucus on Thursday saying, ”The children come first. At the end of the day, we have to make sure that the resources needed to protect the children are available.” Her will to get the resources quickly to the children is expected to significantly reduce the death rates at the border.
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