Politics Tentative GOP immigration deal for 'Dreamers' in the works

15:26  08 june  2018
15:26  08 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Immigration effort in limbo for California primary

  Immigration effort in limbo for California primary <p>Vulnerable Republicans in California have a way to stifle Democratic criticisms over "Dreamers" before the June 5 primary – they can tout a deal without having to cast any votes until after the polls close.</p>Republican congressmen regarded as most at risk in this year's election have been trying to force the House to vote on four immigration bills involving young immigrants brought to the country illegally as minors and increased border security.

News that Republican moderates in Congress have reached a tentative deal with the hard-right House Freedom Caucus on providing visas for so-called " Dreamers ," or illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. at a young age, has thrown ongoing discussions on a comprehensive immigration bill into chaos.

Conservative hard-liners who want tighter immigration policies and the pro- immigrant and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a conservative, said on NBC's "Meet the Press." A tentative deal worked out While Democrats have expressed openness to a deal that would combine legal status for dreamers with funding for border security measures And GOP leaders are facing problems in the House, as well

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., arrives for a closed-door GOP meeting in the basement of the Capitol as the Republican leadership tries to reach a policy agreement between conservatives and moderates on immigration, in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2018. Denham and other moderates need just two more GOP signatures on a petition to require immigration votes, assuming all Democrats sign on. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite): Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., arrives for a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration at the Capitol on Thursday, June 7, 2018. © The Associated Press Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., arrives for a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration at the Capitol on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

WASHINGTON — A leader of House Republican moderates said Thursday that a tentative deal with conservatives was being discussed to help young "Dreamer" immigrants stay in the U.S. legally. Conservatives said later that no agreement has been reached, underscoring how elusive it has been for the GOP to resolve its long-running schism over the issue.

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.

House Republicans wrestle over immigration deal

  House Republicans wrestle over immigration deal 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.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.

There are plenty of details to be worked out in a tentative accord between the president and Democratic leaders to protect Dreamers in exchange for “Unbelievable!” Representative Steve King of Iowa, the House GOP ’s most vocal immigration hard-liner, tweeted. “Amnesty is a pardon for

But a tentative deal worked out Thursday by a small bipartisan group of senators crumbled in an A pair of GOP senators - Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia - who attended the The tentative deal unveiled Thursday would give legal status and a pathway to citizenship for dreamers

The flurry underscored the escalating pressure Republicans face to address immigration, an issue pitting centrists representing Hispanic and moderate voters against conservatives with deep-red constituents sympathetic to President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant outbursts. Painfully aware of those divisions, leaders had seemed happy to sidestep the issue until the moderates' rebellion forced their hand.

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., said that under an offer from the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children could get a new visa that would let them stay in the country for eight years. He expressed uncertainty over what would happen after that, but said participants have characterized the proposal as a bridge to the legal immigration system — which suggests a pathway to remaining in the U.S. permanently.

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  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.

Searching for a bipartisan deal to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that an immigration agreement could be reached in two Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said his party was opposed to GOP calls for billion in funding to build the wall.

A GOP working group formed by House Speaker Paul Ryan held two meetings last week to discuss immigration , and sources say there was virtually no support among members for Trump’s tentative DACA deal with Democratic leaders Sen.

"This was their offer to us and it's something we can agree to, but not until we see it on paper," Denham said.

Members of the Freedom Caucus distanced themselves from the moderates' assertions, though their descriptions varied.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the Freedom Caucus, said no immigration agreement has been reached and said the question of granting citizenship to Dreamers "has been the thorniest issue from the start." Another member of that group, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said a proposal has been discussed but cautioned that there are "tons of moving pieces to it." And in a tweet, the Caucus said it has "not made an offer on immigration" but said talks continued.

Conservatives have been adamant about not providing a "special" process carving out a unique way for Dreamers to gain legal status, and some of them bristled at Denham's narrower description. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., Denham's fellow moderate leader, said while talks have focused on providing legal status to Dreamers, the proposal "does not involve a special pathway nor a visa unique to any specific group."

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.&nbsp;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.

A bipartisan DACA deal is in no way imminent. Democrats are waiting for Republicans to offer their list of demands in exchange for legalizing Dreamers . And an immigration package that gets through the Senate, even with GOP sweeteners, may have trouble in the more conservative House.

In fact, GOP leaders are far from the 218 votes needed to pass it, according to multiple senior Republican sources familiar with the results of a tentative vote count “The folks who are in the country illegally working could transition into that program.” Senate immigration deal on life support.

Denham said that without a deal, the moderates' threat to force the House to consider four immigration bills remains in effect. He and Curbelo need two more GOP signatures on a petition that could force those votes, assuming all Democrats sign. If they get them by next Tuesday, the House would be on track to have those roll calls on June 25.

"We have a firm deadline of next Tuesday," Denham said. "We're prepared to have the final signatures if there's no agreement between now and then."

The moderates would force votes on bills ranging from liberal plans offering citizenship to Dreamers to a conservative proposal curbing legal immigration. GOP leaders and conservatives say the likely result would be left-leaning legislation that would never clear the Senate or get President Donald Trump's signature. They also say it would antagonize conservative voters, jeopardizing GOP turnout in November elections in which control of the House is at stake.

Denham said moderates would accept border security measures as part of the accord, including backing the full $25 billion Trump wants to construct his proposed wall with Mexico. He also said the plan would apply to more than the nearly 700,000 people who have been protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, that Trump has halted. Around another 1 million immigrants are thought to have qualified for that program but not applied, by some estimates.

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Immigration activists shouted down Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) during a tense press conference in San Francisco on Monday, protesting a tentative agreement with President Trump to pass a law that extends protections for young immigrants known as Dreamers .

immigration hard-liners to find a solution for so-called Dreamers that the House GOP The creation of the new GOP working group comes as Trump takes heat from conservatives over a tentative They said Trump never agreed to any deal specifics and suggested that Democrats had tricked the

Ryan described leaders' effort to find compromise after a meeting of all House GOP lawmakers that didn't resolve the party's divisions. He said leaders would work toward a draft that resembles Trump's demands on the issue.

"This effort to get our members to come to a common ground is the best chance at law," Ryan said.

In exchange for providing possible citizenship for Dreamers, Trump wants full financing for his wall with Mexico. He's also wanted to end a lottery that distributes about 50,000 visas annually to countries with few U.S. immigrants and to limit the relatives legal immigrants can bring to this country.

Democrats and many moderate Republicans have opposed curbs in legal immigration. Such a plan would seem to have no chance in the Senate, where Democrats have enough votes to block it.

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said conservatives have discussed providing a pathway to citizenship to Dreamers in exchange for funding for the proposed border wall, ending the visa lottery and limiting the relatives immigrants can bring into the country. Walker said the more Dreamers given an opportunity for citizenship, the tighter curbs on family-based migration would be.

AP reporters Andrew Taylor, Kevin Freking and Padmananda Rama contributed.

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