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 LofgrenBipartisan group of lawmakers offer bill to provide certainty following online sales tax ruling Women poised to take charge in Dem majority Live coverage: Tensions mount as Rosenstein grilled by GOP 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 DeGetteLive coverage: Social media execs face grilling on Capitol Hill Women poised to take charge in Dem majority Bipartisan leaders of House panel press drug companies on opioid crisis 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 CurbeloDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal 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 HurdDem introduces bill to create federal cybersecurity apprenticeship program Koch group launches digital ads in tight Texas House race Gingrich: Bushes view themselves as closer to Obamas, Clintons than to Trump MORE (Texas), Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage Election 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 Overnight Health Care: Kavanaugh questioned if Roe v. Wade was 'settled law' in leaked email | Senate to vote next week on opioid package | Officials seek to jail migrant children indefinitely | HHS chief, lawmakers meet over drug prices MORE (Colo.), David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoDems make big play for House in California Immigration overhaul on life support in the House The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Calif.) and 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 (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.