June 21 (UPI) — The U.S. House began debating Thursday a pair of Republican immigration bills that seek to overhaul the immigration system.
Lawmakers began debating the legislation Thursday morning and held preliminary votes. Final votes are expected around 5 p.m. EDT.
The bills have undergone modifications in recent days as the separation issue generated more controversy. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end the practice, which was part of his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration.
A more moderate bill led by House Speaker Paul Ryan provides $25 billion for a border wall and establishes a path to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, or “Dreamers.” it also eliminates the diversity visa lottery.
A more conservative bill led by Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte takes a more hardline position on border security, DACA and illegal immigration.
The House is streaming the debate live.