Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

House Republican factions hunt for immigration deal

House Republican factions hunt for immigration deal

Denham and other House Republicans pushing for a vote on immigration have negotiated for weeks with GOP leadership and the Freedom Caucus.

But, he added: "If there's no agreement, then we're going to proceed".

House rules require seven legislative days for a discharge petition to ripen once it gets to 218 signatures, after which any signatory can call it up as a privileged resolution on the second or fourth Monday of the month. Meanwhile, lawmakers who were trying to use a procedural gambit to force a vote over Ryan's objections were looking at June 13 as a deadline. Thanks to the pressure of the discharge petition, Republican leadership has gotten the message that this is an important issue.

"They also seem to think President Trump might be able to get a good deal, even though no one has a clue as to what that deal might entail".

The leaders of the effort that has been triggering weeks of intense negotiations - a procedural maneuver that would force immigration to the floor and bypass party leadership - said that conservatives had put forward a proposal to them that would include a "bridge" for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and those like them to eventually gain citizenship, which has been the most hard part of negotiations to date.

It was uncertain if the proposal represented a breakthrough in the long-running GOP divide between moderates and conservatives on immigration, or would devolve into the latest failed attempt to bridge that gap.

House Republican negotiators on Friday reviewed an outline of a potential immigration compromise that would offer a means for young undocumented immigrants to become US citizens and provide billions for President Trump's border wall.

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said Wednesday that a large group of conservatives he leads has discussed providing a pathway to citizenship to "Dreamers" in exchange for funding for the proposed border wall, ending the visa lottery and limiting the relatives immigrants can bring into the country.

"We're still not in a situation where there is an agreement", Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican and the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters. Those 1.2 million "active unaffiliated voters" are receiving Republican and Democrat ballots, and they can choose one or the other. Well, some moderate Republicans have said no, that's not the way it works. He expressed uncertainty over what would happen after that, but said participants have characterized the proposal as a bridge to the legal immigration system - which suggests a pathway to remaining in the USA permanently. For months he has argued that the party's way forward is to consistently remind voters that Democrats have controlled every lever of power in Sacramento for eight years-and are therefore responsible for any problems facing the state.

In addition to Trump's improving rating, those who say that things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction has moved up since NBC/WSJ's April poll.


Barton said the discussion didn't delve into detail on how to define the Dreamer population that would be covered under the bill. "We don't spend our time thinking about votes in the Senate", Ryan said, when asked about such a bill's long-term prospects in Congress.

"This new merit-based green card program, the definition comes down to can that be interpreted to a special pathway?" A third bipartisan bill - regarded as having the best chance of passage - would grant USA citizenship to some DREAMers and strengthen border security. The successful recall campaign strips Democrats of their supermajority control of the state Senate, although they hope to win it back in the fall.

Barton was optimistic that the conference could come together but acknowledged that needs to happen soon.

"Our members realize it's better to have a process that has a chance of going into law than not", Mr. Ryan said.

But the Senate has already proven a four-pillar probably can't pass that chamber.

The petition writers have recommended three bills and would give Ryan the authority to choose the fourth.

GOP lawmakers were meeting Thursday morning in the Capitol basement.

"Now it's a matter of putting it on paper and seeing if we actually have an agreement", Denham said.

"I do not believe in a special pathway to citizenship, I have never talked about a special pathway to citizenship and I would never agree to a special pathway to citizenship", Labrador said.

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