Dems withhold support for immigration petition

Dems withhold support for immigration petition
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House Democrats are withholding their support for a Republican push to force action on "Dreamers" until enough GOP lawmakers have signed on to validate the effort.
 
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The strategy pulls the page from the Democrats’ approach to a similar discharge petition in 2015, when they endorsed the document forcing a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank only after enough dissenting Republicans had signed on to ensure its success. 
 
 
“It's the same thing. The Republicans need to show some guts.” 
 
Eighteen Republicans have so far endorsed a petition filed by Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloOvernight Energy: Proposed rule would roll back endangered species protections | House passes Interior, EPA spending | House votes to disavow carbon tax House votes to disavow carbon tax Mueller indictments: Congressional candidate asked Russian operatives for info on opponent MORE (R-Fla.), that would force floor votes on several pieces of immigration legislation, all of which would salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, to some degree. 
 
The petition requires 218 signatures to compel a floor vote. If every Democrat backs the petition, 25 Republican signatures would be needed to reach 218.
 
A number of those Republicans are facing tough reelection contests this year in districts with significant Hispanic populations — including Reps. Curbelo, Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans GOP lawmaker: Trump is being manipulated by Putin The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia MORE (Texas), Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanHillicon Valley: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | Sparks fly at hearing on social media | First House Republican backs net neutrality bill | Meet the DNC's cyber guru | Sinclair defiant after merger setback The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage House Republican backs bill to reinstate net neutrality rules MORE (Colo.), David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoImmigration overhaul on life support in the House The Hill's 12:30 Report Cook Political Report shifts 5 races after California, NJ primaries MORE (Calif.) and Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamKoch group pushes DACA fix on Capitol Hill House GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE House GOP leaders fail to find compromise immigration fix MORE (Calif.).
 
As a tactic, discharge petitions rarely work, and it’s unclear if Curbelo’s effort will prove the rule or the exception. 
 
 
Rep. Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaProgressives’ wins highlight divide in Democratic Party Live coverage: High drama as hardline immigration bill fails, compromise vote delayed Merkley leads Dem lawmakers to border amid migrant policy outcry MORE (D-Texas) has indicated he won’t support the petition, citing concerns about enhanced immigration security in the border district he represents. But some Democrats are convinced he’ll cave to pressure and endorse the petition if he’s the last holdout preventing DACA supporters from reaching the 218 mark.
 
DACA allowed people brought to the United States illegally as children to work and go to school in the country under certain conditions. Trump announced he was ending the program last year.