The House formally began consideration of a GOP bill addressing the border crisis after lawmakers approved the rule governing debate in a 218-191 vote.


The vote was on party lines, with only six Republicans voting against the rule and no Democrats supporting it.

House debate is slated to last late into the evening. A vote on the $694 million emergency funding package dealing with the surge of child migrants is expected in the 8 p.m. hour. 

Following passage of the funding bill, the House would debate a separate measure to prevent expansion of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. A vote on that bill is expected in the 10 p.m. hour.

Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis Vicente GutierrezDHS to make migrants wait in Mexico while asylum claims processed Coffman loses GOP seat in Colorado Trump changes mean only wealthy immigrants may apply, says critic MORE (D-Ill.) warned Republicans that they would risk alienating the Hispanic community by voting to speed up and increase deportations.

"If you tell people you think they're criminals, you think they're simply bringing diseases, they're bringing drugs, if you treat them as invaders…they're going to think you don't like them," Gutierrez said. "There's a  reason 75 percent of the Latino immigrant community voted Democrat."

Republicans said their legislation would enforce border security.

"America is a land of immigrants. But rule of law is important also," said House Rules Committee Chairman Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsHillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America's wireless industry — Lawmaker sees political payback in fight over 'deepfakes' measure | Tech giants to testify at hearing on 'censorship' claims | Google pulls the plug on AI council Lawmaker alleges political payback in failed 'deepfakes' measure As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges MORE (R-Texas). 

If the bills pass, the House is expected to leave Washington to embark upon its August recess.