Republicans are so far at a loss on how to find a legislative fix to the country's outstanding immigration problems, and to resolve issues in the administration's "zero tolerance" policy, after last week's failure in the House and a sudden delay brought on by GOP uncertainty. The more conservative of two GOP proposals failed on Thursday and a vote on the more moderate "compromise bill" was pushed off, at first until Friday and then again to sometime this week. The latter measure includes provisions to address family separation, a fix for DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals), a merit-based visa system and additional funds for border security and funding for President Trump's long-sought border wall. So, here's where things stand as Republicans in Congress renew their efforts to write an immigration bill that will both attract Democratic support in the Senate and satisfy President Trump. The compromise bill CBS News' Ed O'Keefe reports that the GOP … [Read more...] about Where does immigration legislation stand?
Politics Group Of House Republicans Trying To Force Vote On Immigration Legislation Listen · 4:17 4:17 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/609851223/609851224" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., holds a news conference on immigration reform Wednesday at the Capitol. Curbelo is seeking to circumvent Republican leaders to bring an immigration bill to the House floor. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc. hide caption toggle caption Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc. U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., holds a news conference on immigration reform Wednesday at the Capitol. Curbelo is seeking to circumvent Republican leaders to bring an immigration bill to the House floor. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc. A small group of House … [Read more...] about Group Of House Republicans Trying To Force Vote On Immigration Legislation
A bipartisan group of members of Congress have unveiled a bill that would try and pressure Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership in the House to vote on immigration legislation. Republican Reps. Jeff Denham, Will Hurd, and Mike Coffman held a press conference Wednesday alongside Democratic Reps. Michele Lujan Grisham and Pete Aguilar to discuss their rule legislation, would allow for a "queen of the hill" vote on four separate immigration bills. If passed, the House would vote on all the bills, and the one that receives the most votes would advance to the Senate. The legislation that would be considered by the House includes a conservative immigration bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte that passed the Judiciary Committee, a version of the DREAM Act sponsored by Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, and the bipartisan USA Act sponsored by Hurd and Aguilar. The House would also vote for a bill of Ryan's choosing. Denham, who is spearheading this push, said he has 50 … [Read more...] about Bipartisan group in Congress pushes for immigration vote
A wide-ranging coalition that includes a major Republican donor, cruise-line officials, agricultural interests and former pro basketball players is seeking to halt a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Florida businesses to verify the immigration status of new employees.The state Constitution Revision Commission is expected this week to consider putting the proposal on the November ballot.But members of the Immigration Partnership & Coalition Fund, or IMPAC Fund, called Thursday for blocking the proposal, which would require Florida businesses to use a system similar to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Employment Authorization Program, known as E-Verify, to determine immigration-related eligibility of employees.Fund Chairman Mike Fernandez, a major Republican donor and founder of MBF Healthcare Partners, called the proposal “highly flawed” and “anti-immigration legislation.”“We are hopeful that with the general … [Read more...] about Florida constitution commission considers immigration verification proposal
Democratic state legislators urged U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to block Donald Trump’s immigration agenda and vowed that the state would not help in any mass deportations.At a news conference outside Rubio’s office in downtown Orlando on Tuesday, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith said the immigration issue “is something where the stakes are very, very real for us locally here in Orlando,” Smith said. “Sen. Rubio promised to be a check on President Trump, and we are here to send a message.”Smith said if the Trump administration attempts to deport the region’s undocumented immigrants or repeal DACA, the policy that allows those who arrived illegally as children to stay in the country, “We are, going to push back. We are going to be the opposition party. We are going to be the resistance.”Smith said afterward he and fellow Florida Democrats would push for bills in Tallahassee that would prevent the state government from participating in any … [Read more...] about Democratic legislators call on Rubio to oppose Trump immigration plans