“House postpones vote on compromise immigration bill”

6/21/2018
The Hill


“House Republican leaders are delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill until Friday [June 22] as leaders struggle to secure 218 votes for the measure.

“…The compromise measure would provide a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 millions Dreamers, provide $25 billion for President Trump's border wall and other security measures as well as prevent families from being separated at the border.

“The House earlier Thursday rejected a more hard-line immigration measure from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

“Tensions over immigration had reached a boiling point on Wednesday, when Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) was seen having a heated argument with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the House floor.

“Meadows was furious that the final compromise immigration package left out several provisions that had been agreed to during earlier negotiations. Conservatives are also upset that leadership brought the original version of the Goodlatte bill to the floor instead of a modified version that was designed to win more support.

“…In a sign of just how rushed the process has been, the House Rules Committee had to hold an emergency session late Wednesday night to fix a drafting error in the Goodlatte bill that would have authorized $125 billion for Trump's border wall instead of $25 billion.

“Republicans are also grappling with the family-separation crisis created by Trump's ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy. While Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end the practice of separating children from their parents at the border, lawmakers still say a legislative fix is necessary.

“If the compromise measure fails, as is expected, House Republicans could face immense pressure to pass a standalone fix for the family-separation issue.”

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