GOP rep on forcing immigration vote: ‘Ultimately we have to find a solution’
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Republican Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamTrump attacks Dems on farm bill House Republicans push for vote on Violence Against Women Act Steyer group launching 0,000 digital ad campaign targeting millennials MORE (R-Calif.) remains confident that a consensus of House members will agree to pass new immigration laws, as both Democrats and Republicans seek to bypass House leadership to force a vote on several bills.


“Ultimately we have to find a solution that includes border security,” Denham said Tuesday on CNN's" New Day," emphasizing President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE's language that any bill aiding immigrants living in the U.S. illegally must also enhance security measures.

“Our goal here has always been to see [bipartisan] legislation ... that'll move to the Senate and actually get signed into law,” he said.

Denham is one of the key Republicans leading a bipartisan coalition seeking the votes to use a discharge petition, which would allow representatives to bypass House leadership to vote on what protections should be given to immigrants living illegally within the U.S.

The petition needs 218 members of the House on board to force a vote and Denham says his renegade group of centrists can get the few more needed from each party to get to that number. 

While a large number have supported the measures that would offer a reprieve to nearly 800,000 "Dreamers" who came into the country as children, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are refusing to vote on any bill that gives "amnesty."

Pushing back against such conservative criticism, Denham told CNN that Dreamers would not be given amnesty, but would be presented with a long "earned pathway" toward citizenship.

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? MORE (R-Wis.) has scheduled a members-only conference meeting on immigration for June 7.