Washington, DC – Setting up a policy confrontation with US President Donald Trump over his administration’s handling of the surge of migrants at the US southwest border, the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives approved a $4.5bn emergency border aid bill late on Tuesday.

The 230-195 vote follows an outcry over reports of inhumane conditions for children held by the United States at border detention centres.

It also comes amid deep and long-running divisions between Democrats and Republicans over how to reform the US immigration system.

Trump, despite having requested the $4.5bn border aid package, on Monday warned he would likely veto the House bill as Senate Republicans, who back the president’s hardline immigration policies, prepared to advance an emergency spending bill without the same restrictions on how the

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