Politics Dems ready to back bid for House votes on immigration

13:01  17 april  2018
13:01  17 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are pushing for a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and tighten border security.

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FILE - In this July 23, 2013 file photo, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Denham has gathered nearly 50 GOP co-sponsors on an effort to hold votes on four immigration bills. Democratic aides say virtually every Democrat will sign on as co-sponsors, but there would be no requirement for the vote to occur. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 23, 2013 file photo, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Denham has gathered nearly 50 GOP co-sponsors on an effort to hold votes on four immigration bills. Democratic aides say virtually every Democrat will sign on as co-sponsors, but there would be no requirement for the vote to occur. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON — Virtually all Democrats are poised to join a group of Republicans calling for House votes this election year on immigration, an effort that seems unlikely to succeed but would cast a campaign-season spotlight on an issue Democrats think will help their Election Day prospects.

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House Democrats deployed a little-used legislative move Wednesday to force a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill, an effort doomed to fail but designed to increase the election-year pressure on Republicans to act.

After several immigration bills failed to get 60 votes in the Senate on Thursday, the White House released a statement blaming the Democrats for failing to take It’s time to walk away from this entire sad fracas, end DACA, and get back to the business of deporting illegal immigrants by the van-load.

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., has gathered nearly 50 GOP co-sponsors on a procedural measure that would permit votes on four immigration bills. Those bills would include a conservative package that would limit legal immigration, a Democratic plan helping young "Dreamer" immigrants win citizenship and a bipartisan compromise.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has said he doesn't want the House to vote on immigration bills that President Donald Trump won't sign. Trump has backed the conservatives' proposal, but it lacks the votes needed to clear the House.

Virtually every Democrat will join Denham, aides said Monday, enough for a House majority. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the effort.

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GOP lost four senators who wouldn't vote for the Trump- backed bill. McConnell called the shutdown 'completely avoidable,' said Dems held the vote 'hostage'. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform.

Even with most House members aboard, though, GOP leaders would not be required to bring the measure to a vote. But it would give Republicans like Denham, an immigration moderate with many Hispanic residents in his district, a chance to show he's tried pushing the issue. It would also give Democrats an opportunity to accuse Republican leaders of scuttling the effort.

Democrats — and perhaps even a Republican — seem likely to go even further and collect signatures on a discharge petition, a rarely used procedure that would force immigration votes if a majority of lawmakers signed it. GOP leaders would be expected to try thwarting that effort by persuading Republicans who backed Denham's measure to not sign the petition.

"We owe it to these young people to keep trying," Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., said Monday. Aguilar and Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, are co-sponsors of a compromise immigration bill, and Aguilar was among those gathering signatures of Democrats willing to support Denham's effort.

More Republicans Ready to Push But Not Force Immigration Votes

  More Republicans Ready to Push But Not Force Immigration Votes Four dozen mostly moderate Republicans have joined Democrats in their push for a “queen of the hill” rule that would set up a series of immigration votes, but the GOP congressman leading the charge is reluctant to commit to a discharge petition that could actually force his leadership to bring it to the floor. “You shouldn’t need a discharge petition,” Rep. Jeff Denham said. He acknowledged that backers of the rule might discuss a discharge petition — which if signed by a majority of the House would force leadership to call a vote — but refused to commit to filing one if his plan to put pressure on Speaker Paul D. Ryan fails. The California Republican has at least 237 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors on hi

‘ READY ’ ON IMMIGRATION : Sen. “The White House is ready and willing, and we may be having another meeting with the White House very They’ve gotten close before on the DREAM Act, though: Seven Republicans still in the Senate voted for it back in 2007 but all of them voted to filibuster

The only way I see immigration reform passing before 2016 is if the Dems take over the House , which is a tall order. No one of immigrants should vote for republicans party, they always trying to stop any immigration reform.

Denham spokeswoman Jessica McFaul said he would not file a petition forcing votes.

Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong blamed Democrats for Congress' immigration inaction and said he'd "continue to work" for a bill that protects so-called Dreamers — immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children — and strengthens border security.

The Senate killed several bills in February aimed at protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of Dreamers. Trump last year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program established by President Barack Obama, which has been temporarily shielding those immigrants.

Democrats are hoping to capture House control this November. The effort to help Dreamers polls strongly, and Democrats think the issue could help them in districts with large numbers of immigrants and with moderate suburban voters.

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