GOP rep calls Goodlatte immigration proposal the '#BannonBill'

GOP rep calls Goodlatte immigration proposal the '#BannonBill'
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Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloNation's fraught politics leads to fear, scars and exits Direct air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Biden's corporate tax hike is bad for growth — try a carbon tax instead MORE (R-Fla.) lashed out Friday at the Republican immigration proposal at the center of an agreement that allowed the House to pass a spending bill.

Curbelo, a vocal proponent of immigration reform and a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, said on Twitter the bill introduced by Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteThe job of shielding journalists is not finished Bottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden MORE (R-Va.) "reads as if it was drafted by [former White House chief strategist] Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonHouse panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records Has Trump beaten the system? Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book MORE."

In his tweet, Curbelo said the bill "is deeply flawed, provides an insufficient solution for those in the #DACA program & threatens to destroy American agriculture. NO to the #BannonBill."

Goodlatte, along with Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulBiden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict More Republicans call on Biden to designate Taliban as terrorist group How lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation MORE (R-Texas) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate passes infrastructure bill, budget resolution; Cuomo resigns Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up GOP group launches million ad campaign pressing Kelly on filibuster MORE (R-Ariz.) earlier this month introduced the proposal, which was labeled a nonstarter by Curbelo and other pro-immigration lawmakers.


But the enforcement-heavy proposal was embraced by the conservative Freedom Caucus, which cut a deal with Republican leadership Thursday to vote for a continuing resolution to keep the government open in exchange for help in whipping the Goodlatte bill and a vote on defense spending.

The short-term funding bill passed the House but is stuck in the Senate where the DACA debate has intensified.

Unlike other proposals to replace DACA, which allows immigrants who arrived in the country as minors to live and work in the U.S., the Goodlatte bill doesn't provide a special path to citizenship for beneficiaries, is restricted to only DACA recipients and has a host of measures to penalize the hiring of undocumented workers.

Its proponents say those measures are necessary to prevent further waves of illegal immigration.

Opponents say it's heavy-handed on enforcement, doesn't provide solutions for businesses short on domestic labor and fails to provide an adequate solution for so-called Dreamers.

Bannon was ousted from the White House in August and has been at the center of controversy following comments he made in the controversial bestseller "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." 

Curbelo is one of the more vulnerable members of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. He won reelection in 2016, but his district went for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE in the presidential election by more than 16 points.