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    Ryan announces DACA votes as discharge petition stalls

    Ryan announces DACA votes as discharge petition stalls

    The development is a big loss for Republican moderates.

    06/12/2018 05:45 PM EDT
    Updated 06/12/2018 10:39 PM EDT


    “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,” House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office said in a statement. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

    House Republicans will vote next week on two bills addressing the plight of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who face possible deportation, circumventing an intra-party war over immigration.

    The floor votes will effectively stop the effort by moderate Republicans in tandem with Democrats to force a vote on their immigration plans through a so-called discharge petition. The moderates do not appear to have the 218 signatures needed to circumvent leadership and force a vote on their own bipartisan bills to codify the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

    So they've been left to accept Speaker Paul Ryan's idea: One vote on a conservative proposal drafted by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and a second on a compromise package still being assembled by Ryan in consultation with moderates and conservative Republicans.

    “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,” Ryan’s office said in a statement.

    “The full Conference will discuss tomorrow morning and we’ll have more to share at that point.”

    The development effectively kills the discharge petition campaign, a staggering loss for moderates seeking to pass legislation protecting Dreamers. Under a tentative agreement between conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus and moderates, a vote on the Goodlatte bill would end the discharge petition.
    Conservatives, according to people following the talks closely, said they would not vote for any compromise bill until the discharge petition was off the table. At the same time, conservatives did not promise to back a compromise even after the discharge petition was shut off.

    Instead, the immigration hardliners are pushing to include red-meat provisions that made moderates uncomfortable.

    The bottom line of all the back and forth: Efforts to strike an immigration deal between moderates and conservatives are not going well.

    While Ryan’s way forward agreement is not ideal for moderate Republicans, the group does not appear to have the support to do things its own way. After the last Democratic holdout, Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, added his name to the discharge petition Tuesday night, the centrists needed just two more signatures to secure votes on their proposed pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.

    But they came up short.

    Ryan on Tuesday spoke with the remaining Republicans considering signing on to the petition and asked them not to. They speaker told them he is confident that conservatives and moderates will come together on a DACA bill.

    Privately, however, leadership — as well as moderates and conservatives — recognize that the compromise bill will fail likely fail.

    “I spoke with Speaker Ryan today, who assured me that our Conference will vote, as early as next week, on an immigration bill that will give certainty to DACA beneficiaries and secure our border,” said Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), who considered signing on. “Given this significant progress, I will not sign the discharge petition today.“

    The announcement came just a few hours after moderates floated a new offer to conservatives Tuesday night in hopes of reaching an immigration deal to shield Dreamers from deportation — but the proposal failed to break the impasse, according to multiple GOP sources.

    The group of two-dozen Republicans from swing districts — who for weeks threatened to join with Democrats to codify the DACA — offered to include enhanced enforcement measures in legislation in order to secure an agreement. Conservatives are demanding added enforcement as part of any deal that includes pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants who came here as children.

    Both sides met to discuss the issue at a 5:30 p.m. meeting in Speaker Paul Ryan’s office.

    “We have bill text,” said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), one of the moderates leading the discharge petition effort, as he walked into the meeting. “I’m waiting to see if we all come together on it.”

    Conservatives want any deal to mandate that all employers verify the legal status of their workers, known as E-verify. They’ve also pushed for a more stringent asylum system, which immigration opponents believe has been routinely abused.

    Moderates appear to be considering tougher asylum standards but say E-Verify is problematic. While some moderates back the employment verification system, they say it must be accompanied by a guest worker program allowing immigrants to work on farms and in construction, for example, jobs many Americans won’t take.

    Adding both provisions would complicate an immigration deal they believe should be narrowly tailored, they argue.

    The latest round of negotiations came as the moderates’ discharge petition appeared to be losing steam. Moderates were counting on Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and Newhouse to sign on, becoming the 216 and 217 signatories respectively. But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has convinced Ross to hold off by promising him a vote on a guest worker program before the August recess. Ryan did the same with Newhouse.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...derates-642335


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