Seven Republicans on Tuesday, June 4, jumped from the party line and voted to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants with House Democrats.

The Americans Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would grant amnesty to more than 2 million illegal immigrants, passed on a near party line 237-187 vote, according to The Associated Press.

The legislation was brought forward by California Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and will provide permanent status to illegal immigrants who came to the United States illegally as minors, as well as to those living in the United States under Temporary Protected Status, Newsweek reported.

The bill would give 10 years of legal residence status to illegal immigrants if they were to satisfy particular criteria, after which they would obtain continuous green cards after two years of higher education or military service, or after three years of work.

Only seven Republicans voted in favor of the amnesty bill, while no Democrats voting against the legislation.

The seven Republicans who voted on Tuesday with Democrats to grant illegal aliens amnesty include:

  1. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.)
  2. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.)
  3. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)
  4. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)
  5. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)
  6. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)
  7. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

Some of those lawmakers also voted in March for a resolution that would end the president’s national emergency and make it more difficult to secure the southern border of America.

Reps. Fitzpatrick, Hurd, and Upton voted in favor of ending Trump’s national emergency on the southern border.

Many Republicans criticized the bill for lacking border security provisions that they and Trump have long demanded as part of any major immigration bill, and said it dangled overly generous provisions that would encourage even more illegal immigration, according to AP.

“This bill, to my mind, would ruin America,” said Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.).

The House Judiciary Committee criticized Democrats for pushing the bill forward, listing a number of reasons why amnesty should not be granted to illegal immigrants.

“H.R. 6 would provide green cards to criminals, including gang members and people who committed potentially serious crimes as juveniles, with multiple DUI convictions, and with misdemeanor firearms-related convictions. Dems are prioritizing mass amnesty over public safety,” the House Judiciary Committee also said in a tweet.

White House aides sent lawmakers a letter threatening a Trump veto, saying the measure “would incentivize and reward illegal immigration” without “protecting our communities and defending our borders.”

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