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No House GOP immigration deal yet, leaders say

House Republicans are bracing for a two-hour conference meeting Thursday morning on immigration which could determine the fate of moderate members efforts to force a vote on several immigration bills No House GOP immigration deal yet, leaders say
Patty Aguilar | 13 June, 2018, 07:10

After a Thursday morning Republican conference meeting, House Speaker Paul Ryan said lawmakers are now focusing on reaching a compromise that he says will have a better chance of becoming law.

If Thursday's meeting doesn't produce an accord, the moderates could reach that threshold quickly.

As the details are hashed out, moderates have hit pause on signatures for what is known as a discharge petition, the moderates' attempt to bypass GOP leaders and force a set of immigration votes on the House floor. There's uncertainty over what would happen after the end of the eight-year visa program, but Denham said participants have characterized the proposal as a bridge to the legal immigration system - which suggests a pathway to remaining in the US permanently.

"This was a great start".

Normally, the non-incumbent political party experiences a resurgence during the midterm elections, and with arguably the most unpopular Republican president in US history occupying the White House, there's been much talk about the coming "blue wave" in 2018.

Rep. Scott Perry, a conservative who has been attending the small group meetings, said Wednesday's conversation had been "very productive" but he expected the presentation at Thursday's conference meeting to be "very broad" because, he said, "things need to be worked out and I think potentially one thing could blow the whole thing up".

With Villaraigosa's loss, "there's a significant part of the Democratic Party that is not going to be represented in this governor's race", said Peterson, who supports Cox. With five candidates on the ballot, none of them well-known or thought to be particularly impressive, it seemed quite possible that the Republican vote would be badly split so that none of them would finish in the top two. All but one Democrat has signed the petition, meaning it will take more Republican rebels to force debate.

Lawmakers said they were focusing on one of two options outlined for the young immigrants. The Republican Party has remained more stagnant with 32 percent saying they feel "positively" towards the GOP, compared to 30 percent in March and 27 percent in December.

Mr. Trump and Republican leaders in Congress say that doesn't go far enough.

A year ago, Republicans also said they were willing to remain in Washington, D.C., in August.

They are working off of Mr. Trump's framework, which envisioned citizenship for up to 1.8 million illegal immigrants, combined with funding for a border wall and legal changes to speed up deportations, a reduction in the number of family members a migrant can sponsor for immigration, and an end to the visa lottery that doles out immigration passes by chance.

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On the campaign trail Trump argued that a combined AT&T/Time Warner was "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few". And in order to stay competitive, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson said during the trial that it needed a big deal to survive.

"How is it fair to grant ... amnesty to people who are here illegally and put them in front of people who went through the long, torturous process (to obtain citizenship)?"

"We're not backing down", said Rep. Jeff Denham, R-California.

Lawmakers were still arguing Friday over other steps their legislation should include for tightening border security and beefing up enforcement. Roughly 700,000 people are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era policy that Trump has halted.

Democrats are in little mood to compromise. If they get them by next Tuesday, the House would be on track to have those roll calls on June 25.

Still, moderates who support the discharge petition are hopeful the issue will be resolved.

It was the second time this week leaders drew the GOP factions together to huddle privately and wade through the complexity of the immigration issue.

Republicans are edging out Democrats when it comes to percentage of registered voters in the party who have cast ballots early, said Keelie Broom, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.

The stiffer enforcement didn't materialize.

And while McCaskill and other Democrats have taken some criticism from their Republican challengers for taking money from the Hollywood elite, GOP senators have not shied away from taking high-profile Hollywood money. Sen. For years later, he had to jerk the drawer to open it. "When you reward lawbreakers, you're destroying the rule of law".

"I originally thought that border security would actually be easier - and I think at the end of the day, it will - but I think now that we are getting down to the fine points of what border security means, it is going to require some further debates", he said, including how border security is defined and how to ensure that the number of immigrants in the USA illegally doesn't continue to rise.

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