Two more Republicans back immigration discharge petition

Two more Republicans back immigration discharge petition
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Reps. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoProtesters confront Ivanka Trump on family separations Progressives’ wins highlight divide in Democratic Party The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Wild night of primaries reshapes 2018 midterms MORE (N.Y.) and Dave TrottDavid Alan TrottRecord numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress Key primaries in August will help shape midterms GOP doubles female recruits for congressional races MORE (Mich.) have signed on to a discharge petition to force a series of votes on immigration, becoming the 19th and 20th Republicans to back it.

The growing support for the petition comes as GOP leaders have warned rank-and-file Republicans not to support it.

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The petition, introduced by Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloCatholic advocacy group to protest Trump tax law at Mar-a-Lago Cook Political Report moves 4 GOP seats to 'toss-up' category GOP lawmaker: Every white suburban district in the country will be a swing district this year MORE (R-Fla.) last week, would force votes on four immigration measures on the floor, getting around leadership in the process.

The leadership of the majority party can generally control what gets to the floor for a vote, but if a majority of members back a discharge petition, they can force a vote.

Only one Democrat has signed on to the discharge petition so far, but more are expected to do so if 25 Republicans sign on. That's the minimum amount of GOP support necessary to get to a majority if all Democrats back the petition.

The petition would set up a "Queen of the Hill" vote on immigration in which four different measures would get votes. The measure with the most support above 218 votes would be sent to the Senate.

House GOP leadership has been adamantly against the move, arguing it places too much power in the hands of Democrats. 

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKrystal Ball: GOP tax cut is 'opiate of the massively privileged' Top GOP lawmaker: Tax cuts will lower projected deficit GOP super PAC seizes on Ellison abuse allegations in ads targeting Dems MORE (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHillicon Valley: Trump goes after Twitter, Facebook | House Dems call for Sinclair probe | Apple removes China gambling apps | Cryptocurrencies form self-regulatory group Trump: It's 'dangerous' when Facebook and Twitter self-regulate content Kevin McCarthy: Midterm elections 'won't be a wave' for Democrats MORE (R-Calif.) met with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE on a path forward on immigration Tuesday

Rep. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisMichigan race shows two parties on different trajectories Dem lawmakers slam ICE for forcing parents to pay 'exorbitant' fees to call their children Election Countdown: Calls to abolish ICE test Dem candidates | First round of House GOP 'Young Guns' | How Tester is handling Trump's Montana visit | Dem candidate won't back Schumer as leader | Super PACs ramp up Missouri ad buys MORE (Colo.) became the second Democrat to back the discharge petition on Wednesday.

--Updated at 3:09 p.m.