The House of Representatives has passed a bill that prevents immigrants who came to the U.S. as young children from being deported and gives them permanent residency along with a path to citizenship.
The vote, largely along party lines, was 237-187. Southwest Florida’s congressman, Francis Rooney voted against the measure. However, Mario Diaz-Balart, who represents a portion of Collier County, voted in favor of the bill.
“Thanks to Democratic leadership in the House, the American Dream and Promised Act was approved, creating a path to citizenship to millions of hard-working young people and families who call our country home,” Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo said. “Now it is time for the Senate to stand with the majority of Americans who support this legislation and pass it.”
However, the legislation appears dead on arrival in the Senate, leaving the only realistic hope a change in the makeup of both the Senate and the White House in 2020. Some senators, such as Kamala Harris, have said they will not vote for an overall spending bill without protection for DREAMers. We will have to watch closely as this plays out in the coming weeks.