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Humanitarian bill approved by the House

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2019 | Deportation Defense

Florida residents may have heard about the controversy over conditions that migrants face after entering the United States. The House voted to approve a bill that would send $4.5 billion to border states as a humanitarian gesture. However, it is unlikely that the president would sign such a bill into law. It is also uncertain whether the Senate would approve the same version of the bill that the House passed.

Both the House and Senate must pass an identical piece of legislation before it can go to the president for his approval. The House will go on recess for 11 days starting on July 4, so there is little time for debate on the matter if it is to be passed quickly. Both Nancy Pelosi and President Trump have said that the bill is about helping the children who are currently in detention centers.

Of the $4.5 billion allocated to humanitarian relief in the bill, $934.5 million would be used to provide supplies and safe transportation for migrants. Democrats were not necessarily united in their support for the bill that was passed. Some were upset that it would provide funding for ICE, which is the agency charged with enforcing immigration laws. According to the White House, the bill could not be approved because it would make it too difficult to enforce those laws.

Individuals who are facing removal proceedings may be able to seek the help of an attorney. An attorney may be able to review a case and create a strategy to prevent deportation from occurring. For instance, it may be possible to argue that an individual didn’t break any laws or miss a court date. Legal counsel might also help an individual ask for asylum as a means of remaining in the country.