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.
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 LofgrenGOP warns of 'drawn out' executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony  Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one Schumer urges declassification of letter from Pence aide MORE (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Judiciary Committee's immigration subpanel.
“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 CurbeloRepublicans can't exploit the left's climate extremism without a better idea Progressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection campaign The Memo: Bad polls for Trump shake GOP 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 — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts 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 biggest political upsets of the decade California Republican ousted in 2018 announces rematch for House seat The 8 House Republicans who voted against Trump’s border wall MORE (Calif.) and Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamBottom line Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Former GOP Rep. Walters joins energy company 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 VelaFish and Wildlife Service working with Border Patrol to protect animal refuges amid border wall construction: report Majority of Hispanic Caucus votes against spending bill with wall funds A dozen House Democrats call on EU ambassador to resign amid Ukraine scandal 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.