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Politics House GOP in eleventh-hour attempt for immigration accord

19:01  07 june  2018
19:01  07 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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.

Source: AP. House GOP factions claim progress on immigration compromise. The major hang-up in GOP talks has been how to offer citizenship to young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

WASHINGTON (AP) - House leaders want to push fractured Republicans toward consensus on immigration , racing the clock as they seek to defuse a GOP civil war threatening to wound their Coal industry documents show extent of effort to influence Trump on Paris accord , regulations.

Reporters pursue Marc Short, the White House legislative liaison, as House Republicans try to bridge their party's internal struggle over immigration at a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2018. Top Republicans want to head off an election-year showdown that divides the party. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) © The Associated Press Reporters pursue Marc Short, the White House legislative liaison, as House Republicans try to bridge their party's internal struggle over immigration at a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2018. Top Republicans want to head off an election-year showdown that divides the party. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — Divided on immigration, House Republicans are huddling privately as leaders try pushing them toward consensus on the issue, racing the clock and trying to defuse a civil war within the party that threatens their effort to keep control of the chamber in November's elections.

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.

WASHINGTON (AP) - House leaders want to push fractured Republicans toward consensus on immigration , racing the clock as they seek to defuse a GOP civil war Teen paralyzed by stray bullet as toddler set to graduate high school. 5th. House GOP in eleventh - hour attempt for immigration

House GOP factions will meet with Ryan to try to resolve a looming immigration showdown. If Thursday's meeting doesn't produce an accord , the moderates could reach that threshold quickly.

But even as they gathered in a Capitol basement meeting room, there were no indications that a deal mending the party's chasm over immigration was at hand and no definitive details of 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. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., a moderate who's joined the leadership-opposed rebellion aimed at forcing immigration votes.

GOP lawmakers emerged from the office of Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday saying he would present the rank and file with broad ideas for resolving a dispute that has split Republicans for years, damaging the party with Hispanic and moderate voters.

Tentative GOP immigration deal for 'Dreamers' in the works

  Tentative GOP immigration deal for 'Dreamers' in the works A leader of House Republican moderates said a tentative deal with conservatives was being discussed to help young "Dreamer" immigrants stay in the U.S. legally.The proposal was described the same day that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said leaders will craft an attempt at compromise on the issue that Republicans could embrace and vote on soon. Ryan is hoping an accord would derail threats by the GOP centrists to force a series of votes on immigration this month that leaders say would be divisive and damage the party's electoral prospects in November.

Jeff Denham, R-Calif., and other moderates need just two more GOP signatures on a petition to require immigration votes, assuming all Democrats sign on. Woman who helped lead officers to abducted 7-month-old girl: Suspect is a "good man". 5th. House GOP in eleventh - hour attempt for immigration

Source: AP. House GOP factions claim progress on immigration compromise. Feisty Florida gator head-butts trapper in escape attempt .

"There's some loose consensus right now," said Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., a leader of centrists threatening to force votes if they can't strike a deal with conservatives. He said leaders would unveil "an outline of a potential bill," while conservative leader Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said Ryan would present "concepts."

Curbelo, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., and other moderates need just two more GOP signatures on a petition to require immigration votes, assuming all Democrats sign on. If Thursday's meeting doesn't produce an accord, the moderates could reach that threshold quickly.

The major hang-up in GOP talks has been how, as the moderates have demanded, to offer a chance for citizenship to young "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Conservatives have opposed creating a special pathway for them to become citizens, calling it amnesty.

"We've got the rule of law in this country, and nobody gets special consideration," said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

House Speaker Ryan sets debate next week on 'Dreamer' immigration bills

  House Speaker Ryan sets debate next week on 'Dreamer' immigration bills U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan will advance two competing immigration bills to the full House of Representatives next week in an attempt to resolve a deep split within the Republican Party on legislation to protect illegal "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation.AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, said in a statement that debate on the bills are intended to "resolve the border security and immigration issues" that have been roiling House Republicans for several weeks.

WASHINGTON — House leaders want to push fractured Republicans toward consensus on immigration , racing the clock as they seek to defuse a GOP civil war threatening to wound their hopes for keeping control of the chamber in November’s elections.

GOP 's Cox faces tough slog in race for California governor. Source: AP. House GOP factions claim progress on immigration compromise.

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said a large group of conservatives he leads has discussed providing a pathway to citizenship to Dreamers in exchange for giving President Donald Trump nearly all the $25 billion he wants to build his proposed wall with Mexico. In addition, the conservatives want to end a lottery that grants visas to countries with few immigrants to the U.S. and curb the relatives who can be brought over by immigrants, Walker said.

Democrats and at least some moderates would likely oppose such measures, giving it little chance of surviving in the more centrist Senate.

Walker said the more Dreamers who'd be given an opportunity for citizenship, the tighter curbs on family-based migration would be. Roughly 700,000 people are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era policy that Trump has halted. But by some estimates, 1 million or more other people qualify for that program but haven't applied.

The moderates' petition would force House votes on four immigration bills, ranging from a liberal one helping Dreamers win citizenship to a conservative version curbing legal immigration.

GOP leaders and conservatives say the votes the moderates would force would probably produce legislation that is too liberal, with all Democrats joining a handful of Republicans to push it through the House.

Senate Republicans would block such a measure, and Trump would veto it if it went that far. But such an outcome could alienate conservative voters, damaging GOP chances for holding the House.

Because of those divisions, averting the issue completely unless an agreement is reached has been the GOP leadership's preference all year, until their hand was forced by moderates wielding the rarely used petition process.

Trump to meet with House Republicans Tuesday on immigration .
President Trump will meet on Tuesday with House Republicans to discuss a GOP bill shielding young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to a Republican source. The meeting will happen days before the House is expected to vote on a pair of bills addressing immigration, including a compromise bill between conservatives and centrists.The news that Trump planned to meet with House Republicans ahead of the vote came af ter he said in a Friday Fox News interview that he would not sign the compromise proposal.

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