House set to vote Thursday on immigration bills

Clay Curtis
June 22, 2018

GOP leaders have desperately tried to avoid the discharge petition, which is why they have brokered the current deal between the Freedom Caucus and more moderate Republicans - an agreement set to reach its climax on Thursday with votes on only two bills.

Neither provisions were in the bill that was supposed to have been voted upon Thursday. Those people were not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity. But after a closed-door meeting that lasted more than two hours, leaders delayed it even further - to next week, according to several House Republican sources.

A fractious GOP conference and President Donald Trump's equivocations hamstrung leadership as they tried to rally support for their Republican-only bills.

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In recent weeks, more than 2,500 such children were separated from their parents.

"We just had a bill that got 193 though, though, without really any help, in my opinion, any real significant help", said Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows will not pursue the House Speaker position that's now occupied by Paul Ryan. But, after the first vote series of the day Thursday, it became clear that rank-and-file members were a mix of confused and uncomfortable with what they knew about the compromise bill. Instead of giving initial approval for $24.8 billion spread over the next five years, the legislation said it would open the door to $24.8 billion "for each" of the next five years.

Will leadership be able to get the votes it needs to pass Ryan's baby tomorrow?

The Goodlatte bill offers a way for current DACA recipients, called "Dreamers", to renew their legal status every three years, but there's no pathway to permanent citizenship for the 690,000 young immigrants now enrolled in the program. It was certain to be defeated.

Cole added that battles also were being fought over whether these young immigrants should ever be allowed to win US citizenship, as the current bill provides. Maybe he should invite Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to the White House, he suggested.

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Democrats unanimously opposed the bill, saying it would toss too many people off government assistance.

"It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation", Trump tweeted June 20. More than three dozen Republicans joined Democrats to kill the legislation. With mid-term elections looming, politicians will take the issue to the campaign trail - but it's a struggle with no end in sight.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump made a U-turn and took executive action aimed at curbing the separation of families. His order seemed to stem some of the urgency for Congress to act. They want open borders, which breeds disgusting crime.

Ryan said that President Barack Obama had 60 votes in the Senate and a large majority in the House "and did nothing" to solve immigration reform.

Passage of the GOP compromise was always a long shot, but failure may now come at a steeper price.

"We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart", Ryan said Wednesday before Trump announced he would sign an executive order to end breaking up families.

As written, this bill would put Dreamers on a pathway to citizenship, fund the construction of Trump's long-sought wall on the southwestern border with Mexico and require that immigrant children be kept with their parents pending deportation decisions. Under a decades-old court settlement, criminal detention centers-or jails-can't be used to hold children.

He is, in effect, ordering family separation to be replaced with the detention of whole families together, even after earlier arguing that "you can't do it by executive order". "And we will have that at the same time, we have compassion, we want to keep families together".

Representative Tom Cole told reporters there still were differences over central portions of the legislation, such as which Dreamer immigrants - those who were brought illegally over US borders as children - should win protections from deportation.

In the House, moderate Republicans forced the immigration debate to the fore by threatening to use a rare procedure to demand a vote.

"No, and that's the frustrating part of this", said Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), chairman of the Republican Study Group, a caucus of conservatives.

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