House GOP in tentative deal to help 'Dreamers

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A discharge petition brought on by a handful of moderate Republicans and the entire Democratic conference has upended the June schedule and forced GOP leaders to race against the clock to develop a compromise on an immigration bill that would garner at least 218 votes.

Representatives of leading business groups will meet with Republican leaders to discuss whether a reduction in the number of legal immigrants should be part of a broader package, according to two people involved in the business community's immigration negotiations.

Republican leaders began convening the talks between moderate and conservative Republicans when dueling uprisings collided. He's one of the members who has been pressuring his leadership. A two-hour meeting Wednesday afternoon between a handful of Republicans produced nothing tangible, although lawmakers walked out saying things were moving in the right direction. "I think our members realize that it is better to have a process that has a chance of going into law than not".

If no immigration deal is reached before Tuesday, Denham said he will push ahead with his effort to force an immigration vote without leadership approval.

Poll managers will ask registered voters whether they want to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary.

The petition is just three signatures away from the 218 needed to force the vote. Republicans have nine incumbents on the ballot.

Curbelo has led efforts on the discharge petition.

"Members were running a discharge petition because they were anxious we weren't going to take action", Ryan told reporters after the meeting.

The DREAMers are undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

Republicans now control both the House and the Senate. The moderates have wanted to provide a way for Dreamers to have a chance for citizenship.

"If we don't agree pretty quickly you'll get two or three more signatures on the discharge petition and one of those four bills will go to the Senate and it will probably be one of the more liberal bills, which I will vote for, but I'm in the minority in the conference", he said. You have a leadership that didn't even want to bring an immigration vote to the floor.

Meantime, Ryan continued searching for a bill that most of his fellow Republicans could instead get behind. Another bill from Rep.

In exchange for providing possible citizenship for Dreamers, Trump wants full financing for his wall with Mexico.

But moderates leaving the meeting said the discharge petition could still be in play this week if no deal comes together.

The question is what effect Trump's improved ratings - should they last until November - will have on the midterm elections.

It came the same day that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said party leaders would craft an attempt at compromise on the issue that Republicans could embrace. "We hope the House acts on the bipartisan solutions that exist to address these issues".

The more popular option would create a new visa program that would reward immigrants for meeting certain benchmarks to allow them to become citizens, though lawmakers were vague about what those would be.

In addition, the conservatives want to end a lottery that grants visas to countries with few immigrants to the USA and curb the relatives who can be brought over by immigrants, Walker said.

"There's some loose consensus right now", said Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., a leader of centrists threatening to force votes if they can't strike a deal with conservatives. They say they are willing to grant some sort of legal status to illegal immigrant "Dreamers" and perhaps other illegal immigrants, but they insist it must be accompanied by major changes to the immigration system. So far it is not clear what such a path would look like. He said that to make progress on spending bills and nominations, "it's necessary for us to be here in August and to do our work".

The meeting did, however, buy Republican leaders more time to come up with answers.

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