Reluctantly (for Republicans), Congress approved $39.7 billion in funding for DHS without any measures to block President Barack Obama's immigration measures, although Republicans had been demanding concessions in this area.
The vote was 257 to 167, with most Republicans voting against the bill.
It was a major defeat for Republicans who had debated for weeks, refusing to agree to a bill that did not reverse some of the President's immigration measures. However, since President Obama would certainly have vetoed such a bill, many feel that the final result was inevitable.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.