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Politics House Republicans wrestle over immigration deal

04:50  06 june  2018
04:50  06 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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The debate over immigration policy has become closely enmeshed with looming deadlines over government spending. All 435 seats in the House and 34 seats in the 100-seat Senate are at stake in November’s election. More than 40 Republicans , including nine committee chairmen, have

U.S. Republicans at a countryside retreat grappled on Thursday with sharp internal divisions over immigration policy, a debate Representative Mark Meadows, head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said however that a pared-back deal would be a “non-starter” with conservative

Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy are posing for a picture© Provided by The Hill House Republican leaders say they are making progress on a compromise immigration bill that they hope will be able to get 218 votes and quell an internal GOP rebellion over the issue.

While the bill is far from finalized, Republican leaders plan to pitch some of the ideas to rank-and-file members and get feedback during a two-hour conference meeting in the Capitol on Thursday.

A group of centrist and conservative lawmakers that has been closely involved in the negotiations is scheduled to meet with leadership again on Wednesday on the eve of the full conference meeting.

"We've made good progress. We talked a lot over the weekend," Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday evening while discussing a possible compromise bill.

House Republicans gear up for marathon immigration debate

  House Republicans gear up for marathon immigration debate On Thursday morning, the House Republican conference will seek to settle their differences in a rare, two-hour immigration meeting where GOP leaders will try to forge consensus between the conservatives and moderates within their ranks and end a month-long game of chicken over a moderate tactic that has engulfed the conference.On Thursday morning, the House Republican conference will seek to settle their differences in a rare, two-hour immigration meeting where GOP leaders will try to forge consensus between the conservatives and moderates within their ranks and end a month-long game of chicken over a moderate tactic that has engulfed the conference.

The debate over immigration policy has become closely enmeshed with looming deadlines over government spending. All 435 seats in the House and 34 seats in the 100-seat Senate are at stake in November’s election. More than 40 Republicans , including nine committee chairmen, have

Trump, whose election success hinged partly on his tough line on immigration , has said he is open to letting 1.8 million Representative Mark Meadows, head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said however that a pared-back deal would be a “non-starter” with conservative House Republicans .

Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told The Hill that GOP leaders are still trying to craft a deal that would stick to the four pillars outlined by the Trump administration earlier this year: providing a solution for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, securing the border, limiting family-based migration and ending the diversity visa lottery program.

Crafting an immigration bill that can appease both the conservative and moderate wings of the GOP conference has eluded the party for years, and some members remain openly skeptical that leadership can produce legislation capable of winning the support of a majority of the House and Trump.

"I don't see how we do 218 Republicans," retiring Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) told The Hill. "I'd love to see it, but I'm just being realistic."

House GOP in eleventh-hour attempt for immigration accord

  House GOP in eleventh-hour attempt for immigration accord House Republicans are trying to bridge their party's internal struggle over immigration at a closed-door meeting. But there's no indication that either side is compromising or even where middle ground might be. If leaders fail to find a solution, that would give momentum to moderates seeking to stage election-year votes in just three weeks on the issue, a showdown that leaders want to head off.Both conservative and moderate lawmakers, the two factions at odds over the issue, said they didn't know what to expect as they entered the session."I don't know. That's why I'm on time here, for once," joked Rep.

The debate over immigration policy has become closely enmeshed with looming deadlines over government spending. All 435 seats in the House and 34 seats in the 100-seat Senate are at stake in November’s election. More than 40 Republicans , including nine committee chairmen, have

Supporters of Goodlatte’s bill argue that it could garner 218 Republican votes in the House , which could help them avoid getting jammed with an unpopular immigration deal from the Senate.

Ross has held off on signing a discharge petition being pushed by a number of moderate lawmakers that would force a series of contentious immigration votes on the House floor, though the Florida Republican has expressed openness to the idea.

The thorniest question facing Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his top lieutenants is what protections should be extended to so-called "Dreamers" - immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children - and whether they should be granted citizenship.

"That's been one of the most complicated parts," Scalise acknowledged. "I think there's a way to get there, but we're working to do it."

Over the weekend, one idea that was floated to key lawmakers involved in the negotiations was granting Dreamers a green card, according to a Republican aide familiar with the discussions.

But if Dreamers are restricted from being able to use the green card to apply for citizenship, that could be a tough sell among moderate Republicans who have been demanding action on DACA.

An opening for House moderates on immigration

  An opening for House moderates on immigration House Republicans emerged from a meeting Thursday morning without clear agreement on immigration legislation, opening the door for a group of moderate lawmakers to move forward with a maneuver to force a vote - over GOP leaders' objections - on the issue. GOP moderates and conservatives had tried to reach a deal during the Memorial Day recess to present to House Republicans. The party has struggled for years to come together on immigration, and at a meeting Thursday morning no compromise plan got enough support from the caucus to move forward.

The debate over immigration policy has become closely enmeshed with looming deadlines over government spending. All 435 seats in the House and 34 seats in the 100-seat Senate are at stake in November’s election. More than 40 Republicans , including nine committee chairmen, have

5 Obstacles to a House Republican Immigration Deal Immigration Discharge Petition Will Get Final Signatures, Deputy GOP Whip Says Discharge Petition But with the divisions over the other three pillars standing in the way of a deal , the answer to the citizenship question is unlikely to come soon.

"Would there be an opportunity toward a path to citizenship? That's among the questions I would ask [on Thursday]," Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) told The Hill.

Thursday's meeting in the Capitol, which was scheduled in an effort to reach a party-wide consensus on immigration, could represent a pivotal movement in the debate.

If no agreement emerges, more Republicans may sign the discharge petition. Just three more signatures are needed to hit the magic number of 218 and trigger a free-wheeling immigration debate just months before the November midterm elections - a scenario GOP leaders are desperate to avoid.

Leadership has floated an alternative plan that would allow controlled votes on a moderate immigration bill and another measure favored by conservatives during the third week of June. But there have been unresolved questions about whether competing factions would block each other's legislation from coming to the House floor.

Ryan and his team have signaled they are still hopeful they can strike an agreement on a new piece of immigration legislation that appeases their restive conference.

Meanwhile, some conservatives say they won't support anything less than the measure from House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), which includes a basket of conservative priorities beyond just the four immigration pillars outlined by the White House.

"You're going to have this problem on steroids if you pass a weak bill," Freedom Caucus Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) told The Hill.

- Juliegrace Brufke contributed

White House walks back Trump's rejection of immigration compromise .
President Trump in fact supports both of the House GOP immigration bills expected to receive votes next week and misspoke earlier Friday when he said that he would oppose a compromise measure between centrists and conservatives, a White House official told The Hill."Yes, we fully support both the Goodlatte bill and the Leadership bill. The President misunderstood the question this morning on Fox News," the source said in an email. "He w"Yes, we fully support both the Goodlatte bill and the Leadership bill. The President misunderstood the question this morning on Fox News," the source said in an email. "He was commenting on the discharge petition/dreamers bill - not the new package.

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