Senate passes $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

After the vote, the Senate was expected to hold a series of additional votes created to send the Senate bill to the House.

Both the Senate and House has approved separate legislation to provide funding for the care of migrants streaming into the USA, but the bills have yet to be merged and the next step is unclear. "This legislation is a vote, today our legislation is a vote against the cruel attitude toward children of this Administration".

The government of El Salvador identified them as Oscar Alberto Martinez and his daughter, Angie Valeria M. The child was 2 years old, The Associated Press reported.

Attorneys raised alarms last week after finding more than 300 migrant children in an overcrowded Texas border patrol station, where they said some had been held for weeks in squalid conditions without adequate food and water. "And with agencies stretched beyond capacity and almost out of money, they can't afford for Congress or the [Trump] administration to play games with humanitarian assistance". Next steps are unclear, but Pelosi quickly dismissed speculation that the Democratic-controlled House will simply accept the Senate measure, which cleared a key committee last week with just one dissenting vote.

The Senate will vote on its own version of a humanitarian aid measure next.

Her organization is also planning to share resources at religious institutions and workplaces for information related to immigration rights and how employers can protect their workforce.

The bill passed along party lines after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quelled a mini-revolt by progressives and Hispanic lawmakers who sought significant changes to the legislation.

On Monday, the White House announced the president would not support any proposal that did not properly address the crisis taking place on America's souther border. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told reporters before the meeting that she would oppose the bill but left the door open afterward, saying, "I oppose the situation we're in, but my main goal is to keep kids from dying". "Just more 'Resistance theater.' The Senate has a better and more bipartisan way forward", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.

The United States Court House building in Hartford is home to an office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, which has recently been directed by President Donald Trump and his administration to carry out mass raids and deportations in major cities of undocumented immigrants.

"If H.R. 3401 were presented to the president in its current form, his advisers would recommend that he veto it", the statement said. Trump says, 'Go back to where you came from'. They drowned Sunday while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas, while the child's mother watched helplessly from the river bank.

Democrats have whisked a $4.5 billion bill through the House aimed at improving conditions for thousands of families and other migrants whose sheer numbers have overwhelmed federal immigration authorities. "I think that his efforts to use as pawns families who are living in this country are inappropriate", said Hoyer, D-Md.

Donald Trump said on Twitter the people targeted by the raids are bad guys on the run from the law.

More details emerged on Wednesday about the story of the El Salvador migrant family, who were reportedly unable to request asylum from U.S. authorities.

The Senate bill is a "temporary solution to address the most urgent issues", said Senator Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee which wrote the Senate bill.

  • Leroy Wright