Latest immigration reform proposal goes down in flames

The tally also seemed to empower GOP conservatives on the fraught issue. That bill was seen as much more conservative than the one lawmakers rejected on Wednesday. The final tally saw 112 Republicans vote against it. Will Hurd of Helotes, spent the early summer deploying an obscure procedural tactic called a discharge petition in order to force a vote on several immigration bills. It also would have provided a path to citizenship for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and ensured that undocumented families caught trying to cross into the USA aren't separated.

The bill, which was never expected to pass, failed by an even wider margin than expected - 121-301 - and had far less Republican support than a more conservative bill that failed last week. It also asks for 24 hours-a-day, five-days-a-week drone surveillance along the southern US border. "Will we step up to be the country that allowed me, as a young boy, to find safety with my mother and father?"

Republican Representative Mark Meadows, the head of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, told reporters after the vote that while two immigration bills failed over the past week, he held out a hope a third, narrow immigration measure could pass the House. Instead, the measure was created to be a compromise between conservative and centrist Republicans who have been battling each other over immigration for years.

The legislation, which had the support of President Donald Trump, also would have provided $25 billion for construction of a wall along the southwest border, curtailed family-sponsored immigration, reformed the asylum process, and provided additional resources for border security.

On Tuesday, in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the government to return children under the age of five to their parents in the next 14 days and other minor children within 30 days. Democrats, though, said the bill would have made that path more hard.

The president's message is a sharp turn from last week when he blamed Democrats for obstructing potential immigration reform and said that Republicans "should stop wasting their time on Immigration" until after the midterms.

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But Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, said that any path forward on immigration needs bipartisan consensus, not the one-sided negotiating tactics he accused House leaders of engaging in.

"The President's tweet was 24 hours too late", the Republican congressman said.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected an immigration reform bill backed by GOP leaders on Wednesday afternoon.

The vote caps months of futile GOP efforts to pass wide-ranging legislation on an issue that could color scores of congressional races in this fall's contest for House and perhaps Senate control. After weeks of discussions, closed-door listening sessions, a short burst of administration lobbying and the blessing of House leaders, rank-and-file members still remain deeply divided about how to address and reform the country's immigration system. The Democratic Party position on the issue is clear and Republicans are struggling to craft a solution that will please both the moderate and conservative wings of their own party.

  • Rogelio Becker