He said he was unclear what the pathway to remaining legally after that would be.
Immigration has split the House GOP, with conservatives aligned with Trump’s hard-line stance at odds with moderates intent on protecting young immigrants known as “dreamers” from deportation.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan convened the closed-door meeting for 235 Republican members, presenting a series of options but no firm proposals, according to lawmakers who attended. The group needs two more GOP signatures on a petition that could force those votes, assuming all Democrats sign, and if they get them by next Tuesday, the House would be on track to have those votes June 25.
McConnell said, “In my view, the last sixteen months have been the single greatest, best period for conservative since I’ve come to Washington, which Ralph indicated in 1985”.
“We’re three signatures away, but it’s like the last two minutes of a football game, it just goes on forever”, Florida Rep. Cox, whose campaign was partly against conservative Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach, embraced the support of President Donald Trump and spoke in favor of his immigration policies.
President Donald Trump past year ended an Obama-era program shielding the Dreamers from deportation, but a federal court has ordered the administration to continue the program for now. Around another 1 million immigrants are thought to have qualified for that program but not applied, by some estimates.
“We have a firm deadline of next Tuesday”, Denham said. An additional 25 percent of women and 30 percent of men say they would be “comfortable” with a female candidate, with almost all of the rest of voters saying that a candidate’s gender “makes no difference”. Bob Corker in Tennessee, Trump framed Democrats as “MS-13 loving” fans of “open borders” and said he hopes the issue is at play throughout campaign season. One reason for Republican caution, Anderson explains, is that this year it will be easier for moderates to cast an anti-Trump vote than it was in 2016.
One other possible solution under consideration: Combining a number of other visa programs already existing under law and expanding overall numbers of those to allow DREAMers to apply for citizenship.
By overwhelming backing a left-leaning candidate like Newsom over a relative moderate like Villaraigosa, the Democrats have left the Republican Party an opening in California, he said.
However, it does empower voters by giving them more choices than the closed primary system it replaced, and that’s not a bad thing. “I think our members realize that it’s better to have a process that has a chance of going into law than not”, Ryan said. Doing so will set them up for a vote on the four immigration bills on June 25.
Also advancing to the general election are 30-something national security strategist Jessica Morse, a Democrat who previously worked at both the State and Defense Departments.
Divided on immigration, House Republicans are huddling privately as leaders try pushing them toward consensus on the issue.
Republicans met behind closed doors Thursday morning, discussing ways to compromise and avoid the discharge petition.
The so-called dreamers – immigrants brought into the country illegally as children by their parents under the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act – are among the core problems in the immigration reform debate.
Lawmakers were still arguing Friday over other steps their legislation should include for tightening border security and beefing up enforcement. But those under 40 are the most likely to favor a member of Congress who has opposed the president’s agenda.
“Absent some change, or get us 60 votes on the senate for some proposal and bill we could put on the president’s desk that he would be willing to sign, I don’t expect we are going to see that issue litigated again on the floor of the Senate”.