House rejects GOP immigration bill

Jun 30, 2018, 02:40
House rejects GOP immigration bill

The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 was voted down 301 to 121.

President Donald Trump called on House Republicans to immediately pass a broad immigration bill Wednesday -less than a week after he said they'd be "wasting their time" to do so before November's midterms.

The failure now raises the possibility of lawmakers taking up a narrower measure that ends family separations but does not address other issues including border wall funding and protections for young immigrants.

Ryan said the broader bill would resolve the issue of young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children; focus on a merit-based immigration system; and secure USA borders and the rule of law. "The problem with that is that we need Democratic votes in the Senate and that's why I don't get overly excited with the House bill right now because it's not going to pass in the Senate, you're not going to get the Democrats to vote for anything".

Their eleventh-hour provisions included one that would make it easier for migrant farmworkers to stay longer in the country and another that would gradually require companies to use an electronic database to verify their employees' US citizenship.

The bill that failed Wednesday was the result of months of negotiations between GOP moderates and conservatives in the House ― with Democrats left out of the process entirely.

The measure, a modified version of a conservative border security and immigration bill from Reps. Therefore, it is unlikely that they would support a Republican bill even if that bill handed them everything they want. The depth of GOP opposition was an embarrassing showing for Trump and a rebuff of House GOP leaders, who'd postponed the vote twice and proposed changes in hopes of driving up the vote for a measure that seemed doomed from the start.

The bill needed 218 votes to pass.

That is a reference to an estimate by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) of how many illegal immigrants ultimately might have become citizens under the bill. Bob Goodlatte - which failed last week.

Even though the bill was written in coordination with his team, he said two weeks ago he wouldn't sign it.

The legislation, which Republicans dubbed the "compromise" bill, failed by a significantly bigger margin that the more conservative option.

The compromise bill also included language meant to prevent children from being separated from their parents when detained at the border.

Trump has made clear he still intends immigration to be at the heart of the battle for elections.

Although the bill had the official support of the White House, Trump sent mixed signals about whether he really thought it was worth passing.

"When I worked on Capitol Hill, we actually saw two major attempts at this under the Bush Administration during 2007, around there - that went nowhere", Setmayer said. It might have happened when Republicans took control in 2010 of the House and later the Senate by working in a bipartisan fashion with President Obama.

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