House passes border spending package in win for Pelosi

Protesters Julie Lythcott-Haims from left Kris Brockmann Peggy Hinkle and Jennifer Lang at the Border Patrol station on Hondo Pass

Protesters Julie Lythcott-Haims from left Kris Brockmann Peggy Hinkle and Jennifer Lang at the Border Patrol station on Hondo Pass

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bucked progressive protests and allowed her chamber to pass a $4.6 billion emergency measure Thursday that quickly sends humanitarian aid to the US southern border but doesn't beef up protections for migrants.

The Washington Examiner noted, "Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday she won't take up the Senate version, even though it is bipartisan and passed with an overwhelming majority".

"In order to get resources to the children fastest, we will reluctantly put the Senate bill on the floor".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reversed course on Thursday, abandoning her effort to negotiate a compromise bill with Trump administration officials and the Senate that that included stronger restrictions on how the Trump administration could spend the money and additional migrant protections.

One day after the Senate passed the administration-backed measure, the House of Representatives followed suit with a bipartisan vote of 305 to 102 that sends the bill to the president's desk.

House approval of the funding without the conditions sought by critics of President Donald Trump's controversial zero-tolerance policy on the US-Mexico border gives the US president a legislative win. According to CNN, this image "underscores the crisis at the US-Mexico border".

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The Senate bill, which passed the upper chamber 84-8, entails funding for law enforcement, including $145 million for military operations along the border.

As voted on, the Senate's legislation does not include language that addresses the heightening tensions with Iran, saving that debate for Friday.

Illegal immigration opponents contended that the photo proved their point about the dangers that migrants faced in trying to enter the country through illegal and unsafe means-something that left-wing activists have openly encouraged while Democratic politicians have tacitly demurred in any effort to fix the country's rampant asylum abuse.

The Senate's bipartisan bill provides $4.59 billion in emergency funds for the humanitarian and security crisis at the Mexican border. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).

That's not the only agency in desperate need of funding to stem the crisis at the border. Among other things, progressives want mandatory care requirements on the facilities housing migrants and safeguards to ensure the funding goes to the border. For instance, the measure prohibits ICE from going after undocumented immigrants based on information obtained from potential sponsors of unaccompanied migrant children.

When asked when the House would take up the Senate bill, Jim McGovern, a Democrat who heads the House Rules Committee, said: "I am hoping right now".

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The package provides $4.6 billion in funding, including money for the Department of Defense and Immigration and Customs Enforcement that some House Democrats opposed.

"The children come first".

Escobar, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, told CNN earlier Thursday that she's "deeply saddened" the House will pass the Senate bill, and criticized Republicans for not accepting what she called "moderate provisions".

The House voted 230-195 - nearly entirely along party lines - to approve the $4.5 billion package for the border, where an influx of Central American migrants has strained government agencies and led to conditions for detained children that both parties have called horrific.

"We are not built for that", she said, noting the facility was only supposed to house 1,500 people.

Border apprehensions hit their highest level in more than a decade in May, creating chaotic scenes at overcrowded border patrol facilities.

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Pressure to approve the funds this week has grown amid reports of hundreds of children being housed in appalling conditions in a Texas facility.

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