Moderate Republicans seeking to codify the DACA/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by Congress have come down to the last few votes needed to join Democrats in forcing a vote on the program even if House GOP Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t want the vote….
Most feel that the Senate would approve a bill to support the program….
It is uncertain what Trump would do….
His condition for support has always been ‘wall’ money….
House Republicans head into a critical two days of immigration negotiations Wednesday without a clear way to resolve a years-long, intraparty policy disagreement over the legal status of so-called “Dreamers” as the threat of a discharge petition lingers in the background.
GOP leaders are still in talks with members of their conference about how best to protect the young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — roughly 700,000 who have been sheltered from deportation with temporary work permits obtained through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — but have yet to figure out how to bridge a divide between moderates who want to offer Dreamers a pathway to citizenship and conservatives who view that as amnesty.
“There was a lot of work over the break but no breakthroughs yet,” Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry said Tuesday night as the House returned from its Memorial Day recess….
While the progress does appear to be incremental and still far short of a deal, it’s significant because House Republicans have forced themselves into the weeds of a divisive immigration issue they’ve dodged for years.