Late on Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he would allow votes on two immigration bills next week: the awful Goodlatte anti-immigration bill and a “compromise” yet to be written. The “compromise” will say something about DACA, though no one knows what at this time, and was not agreed to by moderates and, of course not by Democrats. Bottom line: anti-immigrant hardliners win again.
House Republican leaders promise immigration votes next week (New York Times, 6/12/18)
“The move by Mr. Ryan, announced late Tuesday by his office, was something of a defeat for the rebellious immigration moderates, who fell two signatures short of the 218 needed to force the House to act this month on bipartisan measures aimed more directly at helping young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.
“Instead, the House is most likely to vote on one hard-line immigration measure backed by President Trump and conservatives — and another more moderate compromise bill that was still being drafted, according to people familiar with the talks. Had the rebels secured just two more signatures for their “discharge petition,” they would have also gotten votes on the Dream Act, which would have given legalization and a path to citizenship for young immigrants brought as children, known as Dreamers…”
Ryan announces DACA votes as discharge petition stalls (Politico, 6/12/18)
“One of the proposals the House will take up is a conservative measure drafted by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). The other is a compromise package still being assembled by Ryan and other party leaders in consultation with moderates and conservative Republicans.” https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/12/dreamers-daca-republican-moderates-642335
“A dispute over immigration fueled by renegade GOP moderates was hijacked Tuesday by conservatives who prevented their fellow Republicans from sealing a deal that would have brought legislation to the House floor for the first time in years.
“Negotiators left a last-ditch meeting short of an agreement, as conservatives balked at a compromise bill that would have given young undocumented immigrants the means to become U.S. citizens and provided billions for President Trump’s border wall.”
The latest Congressional defeat follows Sessions’ announcement last week that the Justice Department will not defend DACA in court.
Justice Dept. won’t defend DACA in Texas-led lawsuit (New York Times, 6/9/18)
“Daniel M. Kowalski, an immigration lawyer, said early Saturday that the department’s filing highlighted the fact that only Congress is capable of achieving a meaningful solution to the current impasse. “Immigration policy made by court rulings, agency memos and executive orders is not adequate to the task at hand,” he said.”