(National Sentinel) Immigration Deformed: The 150-member Republican Study Committee is pushing House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to hold a vote on a bill involving illegal immigrations currently covered under provisions of the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA.
But it’s likely the one bill Democrats will oppose the most.
As reported by The Daily Caller, the measure, authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, will grant legal status to certain younger illegal immigrants in exchange for a host of conservative immigration reforms.
They include: Funding for President Donald J. Trump’s border wall; limits on chain migration; and an end to the diversity visa lottery, which critics say favors unskilled poor over skilled foreigners who can contribute better to American society.
The bill has emerged as a White House favorite. The RSC’s steering panel voted to support the measure and is now calling for a full floor vote.
“The Securing America’s Future Act is the framework to strengthen border security, increase interior enforcement and resolve the DACA situation,” the steering committee said in a statement, according to CNN.
“We believe an eventual stand alone floor vote is essential. We oppose any process for a DACA solution that favors a backroom deal with Democrats over regular order in the House,” the RSC said.
The House measure comes as moderate Republicans and Democrats work out a deal of their own on DACA in the upper chamber that isn’t likely to pass muster with the White House.
As a compromise for Democratic support for a three-week government funding bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to open floor debate on DACA if a deal is not made in the next government funding bill due Feb. 8.
As TheDC reported further:
The Securing America’s Future Act — authored by GOP Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Mike McCaul of Texas, Raul Labrador of Idaho and Martha McSally of Arizona — goes beyond the Trump administration’s DACA demands and tacks on mandatory e-Verify, punishments for sanctuary cities, tighter asylum standards, and significant cuts to legal immigration levels. It has been endorsed by groups that favor tighter limits on immigration, such as the Center for Immigration Studies and Numbers USA.
The bill does not have backing from some moderate House GOP members because it doesn’t offer a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, just renewable legal status.
“North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker, who leads the RSC, says the bill will likely need some modifications to get to a majority of 218 votes. But he believes House leadership should use it as a starting point for DACA negotiations,” TheDC reported.
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