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Happening Today, Maybe: The First Step to a Congressional Solution on DACA?

Today's the deadline for a discharge petition from Democrats and moderate Republicans to address the situation with DACA and so-called DREAMers.

By NTK Staff | 06.12.2018 @1:00pm
Happening Today, Maybe: The First Step to a Congressional Solution on DACA?

Tuesday is the deadline for Democrats and moderate Democrats to submit a discharge petition on so-called DREAMers in the U.S. House of Representatives. The petition, if successfully filed, would work against House GOP leadership to force votes on a permanent legislative solution for young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. when they were children.

Politico reported Tuesday morning that House GOP leadership is working in the final hours before the deadline to strike a deal with moderate Republicans to hold votes on a solution addressing DREAMers, and the Obama-era program that protected them, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

If moderates are unwilling or unable to garner the final signatures, it’s unlikely that House Republicans will have any votes this summer to protect Dreamers from deportation. Talks between conservatives and moderates on the matter have stalled over enforcement matters, though GOP leaders will meet with both camps Tuesday night to continue negotiations.

Many Republicans are skeptical that they’ll be able to strike a deal. Indeed, top Republicans from the House Freedom Caucus told moderates that they’re unlikely to have an agreement by Tuesday, suggesting they forge ahead with their petition if that’s what they intended to do. That’s because moderates on Friday balked at conservatives‘ demands for beefed-up immigration enforcement measures in return for hard-liners’ support for a new path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers.

Politico also reported that the discharge petition needs three signatures to move forward. Several moderate Republicans, and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), are seen as possible signatories on the final day.

And Politico‘s Heather Caygle tweeted a follow-up on Tuesday morning, reporting that the discharge petition is on “life support.”

House GOP leadership wants to avoid a vote on DREAMers ahead of a tough midterm election cycle. Moderate Republicans and Democrats would like a solution for DREAMers, who have been in legal limbo for months, and could burnish their bipartisan credentials in 2018 if a solution passes Congress.

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