House GOP leaders say they'll try crafting immigration deal

House GOP leaders say they'll try crafting immigration deal

"The fear in 2018 for Republicans is that voters who don't like Trump can send him a message - by voting against his party - and this time they don't have to vote for Hillary in order to punish Trump".

The letter came shortly before House conservatives, moderates and leaders met Thursday to negotiate a possible solution, and as a faction of Republicans supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program teamed up with Democrats on a petition that would force House votes on the issue. He says there will be no final accord until moderates see it in writing and they agree with all the specifics.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chair of the House Freedom Caucus, told reporters after the meeting that the pathway to citizenship remained one of the largest sticking points in negotiations. By 45 percent to 21 percent, voters say they'd be less likely to back a congressional candidate who would support Pelosi as speaker. His top two deputies, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., are angling for leadership promotions in the next Congress.

Denham said the moderates' threat to force House votes on immigration - which GOP leaders have fought - remains in effect.

But House conservatives, anxious that a vote on a pathway to citizenship could frustrate their base opposed to "amnesty" ahead of the midterms have pushed for a vote on Rep. McCaul's legislation with Rep.

Rep. Leonard Lance, one of the Republicans who signed the discharge petition, said the GOP conference was civil and productive.

"Now we've got this trigger of "we can do this" and "we have an obligation to do this" there's more of an unwillingness to sit by when we're represented by less than 20% of the people in Congress being women".

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Still, others were quick to pour water on the emerging plan on the issue of citizenship for DACA-covered immigrants - young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. He's been hosting discussions between moderates and conservatives to hammer out a compromise, but so far the two camps remain at odds, mainly over the question of citizenship for DREAMers. 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.

"We have a firm deadline of next Tuesday", Denham said.

"I doubt this meeting's going to go well", said Talbot, a former advisor to Sen. The other option would be a more traditional path for them to gain visas and eventually apply for citizenship. Painfully aware of those divisions, leaders had seemed happy to sidestep the issue until the moderates' rebellion forced their hand. The petition needs only three more signatures to reach the required 218, which would force the full House to vote on four proposed immigration bills. GOP leaders are scrambling to prevent the petition from being completed on Tuesday, which would set a debate for June 25. Moderate Republicans, some of whom are facing strong Democratic challengers in the November election, are willing to compromise on nearly all other aspects of immigration in exchange for a special pathway for Dreamers. 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 US permanently.

Some conservatives say they can't accept any legal status for illegal immigrants, while others say they could accept legal status but not a path to citizenship. But it's not clear whether that relationship will hold up when Trump is involved. They also say it would antagonize conservative voters, jeopardizing GOP turnout in November elections where control of the House is at stake. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, includes cuts to legal immigration and strengthens border security in exchange for temporary protections for DACA recipients.

Truth be told, there is some very good public polling available, including the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, which, let it be noted, after a pre-Election Day survey in 2016, forecast that Hillary Clinton - who actually would receive 2.86 million more votes than Donald Trump and capture 48.2 percent of the national vote, compared with Trump's 46.1 percent - would win by 4 percentage points.

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Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said a large group of conservatives he leads has discussed providing a pathway to citizenship to Dreamers in exchange for giving President Donald Trump almost all the $25 billion he wants to build his proposed wall with Mexico.

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