House leans against legalization

The House of Representatives has never voted on a path to legal status for undocumented crop and dairy workers. But in 2015, the House voted on a measure that suggests it would be difficult to pass legislation providing a path to legal residency for workers. House Republicans passed a measure that year to defund the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA granted two-year renewable work permits and temporary protection from deportation to undocumented youths brought here as children before June 15, 2007. Only 26 Republicans joined Democrats to vote against defunding DACA. Even some Republican moderates and members from districts that have a large percentage of Hispanics or Latinos voted to defund the program. The measure died in the Senate, but since then President Donald Trump has announced an end to DACA and asked Congress to consider a possible legislative fix. Fifty-seven of the representatives who voted on the measure have since left the House.