Skip to comments.House Speaker Ryan Moves to Stop Republican Revolt on Immigration
Posted on 05/16/2018 12:06:56 PM PDT by ethom
- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday faced revolts from the right and center of his Republican Party as lawmakers fought over legislation that would protect young illegal immigrants from deportation.
At a morning press conference after huddling privately with rank-and-file Republicans, Ryan warned a small group of moderates that it would be a "big mistake" if they continued pushing a procedural maneuver to force votes on four separate immigration bills.
Instead, Ryan said he was working with the White House on a singular measure that would win President Donald Trump's support. At a press conference, Ryan did not provide details or a timetable for advancing such legislation.
So far, 18 of the House's 235 Republicans signed a petition aimed at forcing a wide-ranging immigration debate that would allow the bill with the most votes to advance to the Senate.
They aim to join forces with Democrats to pull off the rare procedural trick in defiance of leadership. Some of the 18 are retiring, while some others are moderates seeking re-election in November and represent districts with a significant number of Hispanics.
Meanwhile, Ryan also faced a challenge from the other wing of his party, as hard-right conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus discussed withholding their votes on an unrelated farm bill later this week unless Ryan agrees to bring to the floor a tough bill clamping down on legal and illegal immigration.
That measure, spearheaded by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, also would give temporary protections to the young "Dreamer" immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally when they were children.
Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan said Republican leadership had been telling members there does not appear to be enough support for passage of Goodlatte's bill, but Jordan still favors voting on it alone rather than having the House vote on it as part of a series of four measures that would be called up by the moderates' petition.
One of the four, a bipartisan bill, deals with the Dreamers and provides more border security, but not by building the southwest border wall Trump demands. Despite its potential for support from both parties, Jordan said it is not what the "American people" want on immigration.
Last September, Trump announced he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama. It has protected some 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation, allowing them to study and work in the United States under temporary protection.
Trump called on Congress to pass legislation replacing DACA and providing permanent protections for the youths. But he has given conflicting statements on precisely what he would support and Congress missed a March 5 deadline for sending him a bill.
Like Trump, Ryan also has said he wants to deal with the DACA problem that has left the immigrants in limbo, but so far has refused to advance any bill.
Representative John Faso, a Republican who has signed the petition, told reporters: "I'm not happy with inaction" and noted that "time is running out" for Congress to do something before November's congressional elections.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, noting Trump's shifting positions, called for fast action and told reporters, "I don't know if the president knows if he would veto" the bipartisan bill.
Good for him.
Chamber of Amnesty stirring the pot.
deep state on the move, Freedom Caucus has gotta stop em.
Anyone have the list of names? Let’s primary the bunch of them.
Fund the wall fkr....
Waiting for the checks to clear?
That month, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) filed paperwork with the House Clerk to bypass the committee process and the majority leadership and bring the legislation straight to the House floor. As of Tuesday, every Democrat and Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Mark Amodei (R-NV) had signed it, providing 195 of the necessary 217 signatures (Rep. Conyers (D-MI) also signed, but he retired Tuesday morning).
To get the bill to the floor, just 22 more Republicans would have to sign the petition. The bill could then be debated, potentially amended, and passed.
Four House Republicans are co-sponsors of the bill but have not yet added their names to the discharge petition. They are Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and David Valadao (R-CA).
And 27 more signed onto the letter, calling for a permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients before the end of the year, noting that these young people brought to America through no fault of their own are contributing members of our communities and our economy.
They include Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-CA), Mimi Walters (R-CA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), Fred Upton (R-MI), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), John Faso (R-NY), John Katko (R-NY), Peter King (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), GT Thompson (R-PA), Pat Meehan (R-PA), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Will Hurd (R-TX), Mia Love (R-UT), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Scott Taylor (R-VA), and Dave Reichert (R-WA)
One Congressman who signed the letter, Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) has indicated that he does not back the Dream Act as written, but would like to see some sort of DACA fix this year.
Build the wall, enforce the law, deport them all!! End sanctuary cities, end anchor babies, end chain migration!! End the alien invasion and foreign colonization of America!!
the battle is about to be joined!
Congress woman McSally of AZ was a co-sponsor but just took her name off so she could hide her lack of principles.
As a Tucson congress woman she had to be for it she says, but now wanting Flakes place in the Senate and hoping to defeat principled conservative Dr. Kelli Ward, McSally has to be a flipper.
Bannon was right, flesh out all of the deep staters/rino/unipartiers and primary-retire them!
At least two of the RINOs who signed the petition to pass amnesty are retiring. Sleaze.
potus may have to run AGAINST the rino’s in his own party...sheesh!
Assuming most DACA recipients are Mexican and Mexican citizens and with fact that both Mexico and America are harmed by the policies of both governments, how about trying win win for a change.
Why not offer them student visas and scholarships if they and family register volunteer to go home. Then, after education here the DACAs can go home, make Mexico Great Again, and exercise their right to flourish in their own culture within their extended family.
And extend program to those from other countries.
Sure he is. Why would he change his stripes now? What, he didn’t get the check from Soros yet?
Can’t stand Will Turd.
It’s pretty simple stuff Ryan. Just build the wall and start checking ID’s.
If Ryan can’t manage 18 people, he doesn’t deserve to be Speaker or for that matter, in Gov.
You try this in the private sector and you would be handed walking papers the next day.
Which process kicks out the most illegals and secures the border, builds the wall and pisses of the most democrats and RINOS?
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