House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Sunday, June 23, that a supplemental border law will be introduced this week in the lower chamber to provide funding relief to the southern border humanitarian crisis.
Pelosi was fast to say that the bill would not finance the policy of mass detention of the Trump administration.
“This week, the House will advance strong border legislation, which protects vulnerable children and keeps America safe as it honors our values. Congress continues to insist that families belong together and for immigrant communities to know their rights,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“This legislation provides urgently needed humanitarian assistance for families, including funding for food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and legal assistance, and will relieve the horrific situation of overcrowding and help prevent additional deaths,” she added.
Trump’s failed policies have exacerbated the situation at the border, where children endure inhumane conditions on a daily basis. This week, the House will advance legislation to protect families & fund effective, humane alternatives to detention. https://t.co/dyTjTSpvFt
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 23, 2019
House Democrats unveiled a $4.5 billion measure Friday, June 21, to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border, according to The Associated Press.
House Democrats vow to vote before the Senate, but most Republicans are likely to vote against the measure. Many lawmakers expect that the bipartisan Senate version will generally prevail.
On Sunday, President Trump stayed firm on his decision to delay the deportations of thousands of families in the United States illegally, reaffirming that he is giving Democrats two weeks to complete an asylum agreement.
The president asserted: “I want to give the Democrats every last chance to quickly negotiate simple changes to Asylum and Loopholes. This will fix the Southern Border, together with the help that Mexico is now giving us. Probably won’t happen, but worth a try. Two weeks and big Deportation begins!”