The House passed legislation Tuesday to provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers brought to the United States as children.
The bill — dubbed the Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6 (116) — was approved, 237-187, along largely partisan lines. Nearly all Democrats voted for the legislation, with five not voting. The Democratic majority was joined by seven Republicans.
In the closing minutes of the vote, several hundred pro-migrant attendees in the House gallery erupted in chants of “Sí, se puede“ and “Yes, we can“ — a familiar rallying cry of the immigrant rights movement.
The bill is the House Democratic majority’s answer to President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration agenda. Trump and his top officials have pressed Congress, unsuccessfully, in recent months for billions to build a border wall, and changes to asylum and detention laws to discourage the arrival of migrants from Central America.