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What’s Next for DREAMers After Discharge Petition Effort Fails

A discharge petition supported by Democrats and moderate Republicans fell through on Tuesday after House GOP leadership and moderates struck a deal.

By NTK Staff | 06.13.2018 @10:00am
What’s Next for DREAMers After Discharge Petition Effort Fails

The discharge petition effort to support so-called DREAMers, backed by Democrats and moderate Republicans in Congress, failed on Tuesday, after House GOP leadership struck a deal with moderate Republicans to hold votes on a permanent solution for DREAMers.

NTK Network wrote on the effort on Tuesday, which was made to force votes on a permanent legislative solution for young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. when they were children.

Roll Call reported on the discharge petition’s failure on Wednesday morning:

The moderates have effectively agreed to drop their discharge petitionon the “queen of the hill” rule — which would set up votes on four immigration measures, with the one getting the most votes above a majority prevailing — even though there’s not yet agreement on alternative legislation that can pass the House.

What are moderate Republicans receiving in return for dropping their effort? Two votes on immigration in the U.S. House next week, on: 1) Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) hardline plan, “which would impose new limits on legal immigration in return for granting temporary status to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),” and 2) an undetermined compromise between moderates and conservatives led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Will either plan receive the 218 votes needed to pass the House? The hardline plan may lose enough moderate Republicans to fail, while the compromise may not be conservative enough for the House Freedom Caucus. Democrats are less likely to cooperate on either, given the failure of the discharge petition.

Even if one bill passes, it has to then succeed in the closely-divided Senate, and be signed by a president with hardline immigration views.

Hundreds of thousands of DREAMers hang in legal limbo, until the Congress or the courts reach a permanent solution on their fate.

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