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two hundred thirty eight the nays are hundred ninety five the bill is passed US house Democrats approved a four and a half billion dollar aid package on Tuesday for the migrant surge along the southern border with Mexico the vote came on the heels of outrage over a Texas border facility where more than three hundred migrant children were held for weeks in dirty in overcrowded conditions this situation is child abuse is not tri city that violates every value we have not only as Americans but as moral beings the house bill would make government agencies develop procedures and standards of care at temporary shelters and would also place limits on how long unaccompanied migrant children can stay in those facilities the Republican minority leader called the bill a partisan move by Democrats now after weeks of doing nothing and denying that a crisis exists they're offering legislation that is misguided , it is purely political and as the house voted on the bill news broke the acting head of the customs and border protection agency was stepping down John Sanders has been in the post just two months the migrants surge has overwhelmed U. S. border facilities and in recent weeks the agencies face to severe criticism over the Texas border patrol station Laura Mukherjee was among the lawyers that visit the site she described the kids wearing dirty clothes an older children caring for younger ones I've been doing work with immigrant children and families in detention for more than twelve years now and I have never seen conditions as degrading and inhumane as what we saw and Clint the children there were hungry thirty sec scared and all of them who I interviewed had been detained for the longer than the seventy two hour limit that the law requires initially the agency said that all the children would be transferred to other facilities but on Tuesday officials told reporters they're short on space so a hundred of the children were moved back to the same station and the house aid bill's fate is far from certain US president Donald Trump has threatened a veto over its border enforcement limits and the Senate led by Republicans is working on its own version of the bill