House Republicans Make A Deal To Hold 2 Immigration Votes Next Week


Jun 12, 2018 11:02 PM - 5 days, 8 hours, 20 minutes, 48 seconds ago


House Republicans Make A Deal To Hold 2 Immigration Votes Next Week

Elise Foley,

June 13, 2018

For years, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has not allowed a vote on a bill to give a path to citizenship to undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children, because most of its supporters are Democrats. (Toya Sarno Jordan/Reuters)


House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) promised GOP members to hold votes on two immigration bills next week, a move meant to keep moderate Republicans from teaming up with Democrats to force movement on an issue that Congress has been unable to find a compromise on for years.

Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong announced the plan on Tuesday evening, following negotiations between moderate Republicans and conservatives from the House Freedom Caucus.

GOP leadership was aiming to avoid a successful discharge petition ― a gambit led by a group of moderate Republicans to join Democrats in forcing a vote on several bills to help undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Hundreds of thousands of those young immigrants risk losing deportation relief under President Donald Trump. 

The discharge petition fell only two signatures short of the 218 it needed for success on Tuesday, with all Democrats signing on. But ultimately, GOP leadership convinced wavering Republicans to hold off by facilitating a deal to consider two immigration bills. 

“Members across the Republican Conference have negotiated directly and in good faith with each other for several weeks, and as a result, the House will consider two bills next week that will avert the discharge petition and resolve the border security and immigration issues,” Strong said in a statement, adding that the full Republican conference would discuss the matter on Wednesday morning.

One of the two measures is expected to resemble a bill authored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that includes a slew of restrictionist-preferred measures, including heavy enforcement, cuts to legal immigration and increased border security. Only one element of the bill addresses DACA recipients, granting them temporary reprieve rather than a path to citizenship, although Trump has said he would support allowing them to become U.S. citizens.

The other bill is expected to be a compromise between hardliners and moderates. Many moderates pushing for the discharge petition argue that undocumented young people, often called Dreamers, should be given a permanent path to citizenship rather than being kept in a tenuous temporary status.

The discharge petition would have actually allowed for votes on both such bills ― it included a vote on Goodlatte’s bill and a bill of Ryan’s choosing, such as a compromise bill. But it would have also triggered a vote on Democrats’ preferred bill to give a path to citizenship to Dreamers without other immigration measures, and for legislation that paired Dreamer measures and border security alone. 

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), one ...

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