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House passes bills to open path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants, legal status for farmworkers

President Biden on Wednesday held a virtual meeting with Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin in the Oval Office. (Andrew Harnik)
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The House passed two immigration bills Thursday, one to open a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants and the other to give undocumented agricultural workers a chance to earn legal status. The votes came as the fate of President Biden’s immigration plan remains unclear and the measures face an uncertain future in the evenly divided Senate.

The Senate earlier Thursday confirmed William J. Burns as CIA director, placing one of the country’s most experienced diplomats in charge of the agency, and narrowly confirmed Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Here’s what to know:

  • Biden ordered flags at the White House and on federal property to be flown at half-staff “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence” from the Atlanta-area spa killings. Biden and Vice President Harris will meet with Asian American leaders in the city on Friday.
  • The Biden administration has agreed to supply Mexico with excess doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and Mexico is moving to help the United States contain a migration surge along its southern border, according to senior officials from both countries involved in the conversations.
  • Biden is expected to nominate former senator Bill Nelson to be the next administrator of NASA, according to multiple people with knowledge of the matter.