President Donald Trump signed the bill Wednesday, making it temporarily stop deportations of illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
The White House called the legislation “historic” and “necessary” in a statement.
“The Trump Administration has been working hard to bring relief to families who have been the victims of the H-1B visa lottery program and to address the humanitarian crisis caused by the war on drugs,” the White House said in a release.
The bill, which is expected to be signed into law by Trump, bars the issuance of H-2B visas for up to 120 days.
The Senate passed the bill on Thursday and it is now headed to Trump’s desk.
The legislation, signed by Trump on Thursday, will also temporarily halt the enforcement of a number of immigration enforcement priorities, including the implementation of a “deportation quota” and an increase in the number of deportations.
The measure also allows for a temporary pause in the implementation and enforcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows immigrants who arrived in the U, their children and spouses to stay in the country if they meet certain requirements.
Under the program, people with DACA status can apply for work permits or work permits to work for employers who have signed a contract with the government to take on the job of processing applications for H-4 and H-3 visas, which are reserved for those with the highest wages.
Under Trump’s original immigration policy, the president rescinded the program in February, calling it a “job killer.”
The new bill, however, is not expected to make any immediate changes to the immigration system.
The new measure also temporarily stops deportations in the Central American country of Guatemala and Mexico, where Trump has ordered that their governments immediately remove some 5,000 Central American immigrants living in the United States illegally.
The move comes after Trump signed a revised version of the legislation on Monday that temporarily suspended deportations and work permits for several Central American countries.
The revised bill also would temporarily suspend deportations for illegal immigrants brought to these countries as children and would allow the U:S.
to resettle people who were deported to their home countries in the first place, according to the White, House.
The original bill did not include Guatemala, which has been at the center of the Central America crisis for years.
The government has been accused of using its H-5 visa program to bring immigrants to the United State illegally.
Trump has also temporarily stopped the issuance and enforcement, but the new bill will not have that effect, according the WhiteHouse.
The H-7 visa program, also known as the H1-B visa, allows workers to temporarily work in the US without having to go through the lengthy approval process for their visas.
The Trump administration has said it is moving to roll back the H2-B program, but it has not made a final decision on that.
The changes also include a provision that allows employers who hired illegal immigrants to avoid having to prove their employers have legal immigration status to hire them, the Whitehouse said.