House GOP Makes Tentative Immigration Agreement, According to Rep. Jeff Denham

House Republicans grapple with immigration debate, don't reach deal in 2-hour huddle

Republican leaders in the House are on the verge of avoiding another major embarrassment

A discharge petition brought on by a handful of moderate Republicans and the entire Democratic conference has upended the June schedule and forced GOP leaders to race against the clock to develop a compromise on an immigration bill that would garner at least 218 votes. There are now several holdouts waiting for a compromise that could negate joining the discharge, though moderate Republicans are confident that they will have enough signees if push comes to shove. He will take on incumbent Democrat Jon Tester, the ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee who has criticized Trump many times, as well as former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who had been named the nominee to lead the VA until a series of allegations against him - including drinking on the job and handing out prescription medications to other White House staffers - surfaced earlier this year. A two-hour meeting Wednesday afternoon between a handful of Republicans produced nothing tangible, although lawmakers walked out saying things were moving in the right direction.

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

But Denham said the deal itself and actual legislative text needed to be finalized by Tuesday and a guaranteed time for a floor vote, or else they would join with Democrats to force a floor vote on a bipartisan fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded immigrants brought to the U.S.as children from deportation. Voters may need to register again if they have moved, changed their name or if they haven't voted in the past four years. (Note: Unaffiliated voters will receive two ballots in the mail, one Democratic and one Republican, though only one ballot may be cast or both will be thrown away.) The Indy released our 2018 primary election endorsements last week, for the short version, check out our handy voter cheat sheet below.

"A discharge petition will result in no law", Ryan said.

Jeff Denham says details remain unclear.

The DREAMers are undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. President Donald Trump rescinded the program past year but it is still operating under court order, putting Dreamers in a precarious situation. Although the terms are used interchangeably, there's actually a technical difference between the two, although the goal is basically the same for each process: To make various adjustments due to changes in population in order to maintain the "one person, one vote" objective.

Ryan and GOP leaders are trying desperately to stop the moderates' preferred bill from coming to the floor. Another bill from Rep. He's demanded that any immigration legislation include funding to begin building a wall on the border with Mexico and restrictions on legal immigration that have been rejected by Democrats. The president has been supportive of that bill. They want to beef up border security, clamp down on workplace employment verification and impose fresh limits on legal immigration by family members.

"I'm not anxious about the discharge petition".

"I feel good about the kind of conversations we're having", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Wednesday. "And I really do believe there's a sweet spot here".

A major obstacle has been whether to create a special pathway to citizenship for "Dreamers", people who came into the country illegally as minors, which Denham and his allies have said must be included and is nonnegotiable.

"No deal", said Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows. So far it is not clear what such a path would look like.

"We are as close as we've ever been" to a deal on an immigration bill, Representative Carlos Curbelo, a leader of that effort, told reporters after the meeting.

Some Republicans said they fear their party is headed for a repeat of 1986, when the Reagan amnesty granted permanent legal residence to 2.7 million people and promised stiff sanctions on employers who hired illegal immigrants, better border controls and checks on migrants applying for some welfare.

He said the rift between Noem and Attorney General Marty Jackley that turned nasty in the last days of the race "I think is going to be harder to heal, but we have to". Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

Ryan's main issue with the discharge petition was that it would likely produce legislation that would be too liberal, and therefore not be something President Donald Trump would be willing to sign. The farm bill now can't pass until the immigration debate is resolved.

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