House passes $4.5B bill to aid migrants at border

House passes $4.5B bill to aid migrants at border

The Dem-led House has approved a $4.5 billion supplemental spending bill to address ‘humanitarian issues at the U.S.-Mexico border’ and to ‘provide additional funding for food, water, medical services and stronger protections for unaccompanied children,’ among other things — setting up a showdown between the Democrat-led House and the Republican-led Senate.

The House bill, which passed 230-195, included specifics that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing any funding to go toward beefing up Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel at the border, likely to become a point of contention with Republicans.

President Trump said on Monday that he would veto the House bill if it is passed, accusing Democrats of “inserting policy provisions that would make our country less safe,” the White House said in a statement.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urged Congress to act and pass additional measures because shelters have been at capacity and funding was running dry, he told Fox News on Monday.

Democrats are using recent reports of poor conditions and overcrowded detention centers, as well as Trump’s recent threats to conduct mass deportations of illegal immigrants across the U.S. Fox News reports that  The House version of the bill focuses mainly on creating safer living conditions for unaccompanied children and giving them access to legal services they may need.

Many have called the situation a crisis, one that started under former President Obama’s watch.

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