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 LofgrenHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills Tech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push 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 DeGetteHouse to take big step on eliminating Trump-era rules Nick Offerman testifies before Congress on vaccines: 'Medicine doesn't care who you voted for' Democrats target Trump methane rule with Congressional Review Act 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 CurbeloDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Biden's corporate tax hike is bad for growth — try a carbon tax instead Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women 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 HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (Texas), Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanColorado governor says he was not exposed to COVID-19 after Aurora mayor tests positive Colorado mayor says he called protesters 'domestic terrorists' out of 'frustration' Colorado governor directs officials to reexamine death of Elijah McClain in police custody MORE (Colo.), David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoPro-impeachment Republicans outpace GOP rivals in second-quarter fundraising Cheney, Kinzinger are sole GOP votes for Jan. 6 select committee Progressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill MORE (Calif.) and Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamBottom line Bottom line Business groups breathe sigh of relief over prospect of divided government 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 VelaDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes These House lawmakers aren't seeking reelection in 2022 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.