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. 
 
"I would think we'd have overwhelming support, but we'd expect them to put up first, just as we did with the Ex-Im Bank,” said Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenKey House Republican demands answers on federal election security efforts Live coverage: Mueller testifies before Congress House fails to pass temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans MORE (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Judiciary Committee's immigration subpanel.
 
“It's the same thing. The Republicans need to show some guts.” 
 
On Thursday morning, Rep. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteLawmakers criticize EPA draft rule for curbing rights to challenge pollution permits Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Crucial for Congress to fund life-saving diabetes research MORE (Colo.) became the first Democrat to endorse the petition. But she is an anomaly. She'll be out of town all next week to attend her daughter's graduation from medical school, and didn't want to miss the chance to endorse the document, according to her office.
 
Eighteen Republicans have so far endorsed a petition filed by Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloRepublicans suffer whiplash from Trump's erratic week Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument Carbon tax shows new signs of life in Congress 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 HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Democrat running for Will Hurd's seat raises over million in first 100 days of campaign Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (Texas), Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanBottom Line Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE (Colo.), David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoThe 8 House Republicans who voted against Trump’s border wall The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — The political currents that will drive the shutdown showdown Rep. Valadao officially concedes in California race MORE (Calif.) and Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamEx-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm Crazy California an outlier? No, we are the canary in the coal mine 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 VelaDCCC faces mass staff shakeup: 'It's the Monday Night Massacre' DCCC exec resigns amid furor over minority representation Hispanic Democratic lawmakers hit DCCC over lack of diversity in top ranks 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.