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House Republicans Hope They Can Find an Immigration Compromise

House Republicans Hope They Can Find an Immigration Compromise

For now, that progress seemed to buy GOP leaders more time before an immigration civil war erupts - at least until next week.

"If there's going to be concessions made on one side, you have to get everything that you need on the security side", said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.

The outcome of the meeting is anyone's guess, but the goal - just five months ahead of a midterm election - is to unite the conference and stave off the votes for what is known as a discharge petition, the moderates' attempt to bypass GOP leaders and force a set of immigration votes on the House floor.

"We have the right kind of conversations happening, and the next step is to start putting pen to paper so we can get legislation to the floor", Ryan told reporters after Thursday's meeting.

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

"I doubt this meeting's going to go well", said Talbot, a former advisor to Sen. It's one a few immigration bills that have yet to see a vote. The petition needs only three more signatures to reach the required 218, which would force the full House to vote on four proposed immigration bills. In California, Democrats have targeted 10 of the 14 seats held by Republicans. He said leaders would work toward a draft that resembles Trump's demands on the issue.

"The next two or three days will be decisive in terms of whether or not people keep their word and support this framework that is fairly detailed", Curbelo said.

"A discharge petition will result in no law", Ryan said. Moderates are only a handful of signatures away from forcing the votes, but have held off on the final support as negotiations with leadership have intensified.

"I think a lot of us do interpret that as a special pathway and I think that's where we are", Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, said as he left Friday's meeting. There are now several holdouts waiting for a compromise that could negate joining the discharge, though moderate Republicans are confident that they will have enough signees if push comes to shove.

Lawmakers said the meeting was a broad exchange of ideas meant to get proposals onto the table.


And asked if Hillary Clinton's endorsement sway their vote, just a quarter said they would be enthusiastic (9 percent) or comfortable (14 percent) with a candidate backed by the former presidential contender, while almost half said they would have reservations (12 percent) or be uncomfortable (37 percent) based on her support.

But if they persist in "trying to slow walk the process, particularly for nominations", Republicans holding the majority will follow through and shorten the recess that senators seeking re-election want to make campaign appearances back home, he said.

But, the sources also cautioned, the specifics regarding who would qualify for the visa and what the thresholds would be remain key details to be worked out before a deal is reached. Without the backing of Meadows' bloc, the House is essentially at a standstill on this issue if they want to do anything with only Republican votes.

GOP lawmakers emerged from the office of Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday saying he would present the rank and file with broad ideas for resolving a dispute that has split Republicans for years, damaging the party with Hispanic and moderate voters.

Getting the President on board will be its own challenge.

But Denham said the deal itself and actual legislative text needed to be finalized by Tuesday and a guaranteed time for a floor vote, or else they would join with Democrats to force a floor vote on a bipartisan fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded immigrants brought to the U.S.as children from deportation.

"There's no agreement right now", said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the GOP Whip, as he exited the meeting.

Helen Kalla, spokeswoman for the Nevada Democrats, said the party's strong early voting numbers show enthusiasm from its members.

Still, moderates who support the discharge petition are hopeful the issue will be resolved.

While some explanations touch on campaign strategy, the dynamics of the race and low voter turnout, the best theory about what happened to the once-expected Democrat vs. Democrat contest might be that Villaraigosa just isn't as popular with fellow Latinos and other L.A. residents as he (and many pundits) believed.

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