Republicans Have Mixed Feelings About Today's Immigration Meeting - Cortney O'Brien

House Republicans grapple with immigration debate, don't reach deal in 2-hour huddle

But details remained unclear and nothing has been finalized, the lawmaker said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"We have the right kind of conversations happening, and the next step is to start putting pen to paper so we can get legislation to the floor", Ryan said.

Conservatives declined several requests to comment on the proposal.

Rep. Glenn Thompson, Rep. Steve Womack, and Rep. Tom MacArthur walk to a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration in the basement of the Capitol in Washington, June 7, 2018. That likely would result in a bill closer to a compromise with Democrats, a blow to House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin who is pushing for a proposal crafted exclusively among GOP lawmakers.

"We're three signatures away, but it's like the last two minutes of a football game, it just goes on forever", Florida Rep.

By overwhelming backing a left-leaning candidate like Newsom over a relative moderate like Villaraigosa, the Democrats have left the Republican Party an opening in California, he said.

"We will absolutely have all 218 (signatures needed) and probably a lot more than that", Denham told reporters.

"We have a firm deadline of next Tuesday", Denham said. Hill has been a regular presence in Frederick County railing against Comstock for not being supportive enough of President Donald Trump. They have been shielded from deportation by an Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that President Trump moved past year to rescind.

The White House pushed a plan that would have offered 1.8 million young immigrants a chance at citizenship but would have bolstered border security and ended the diversity lottery program that lets immigrants be awarded green cards. Moderate voices want to force votes on solutions for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but House Speaker Paul Ryan has so far resisted those calls. Could party actors -politicians, campaign and governing professionals, activists and donors, formal party organisations, party-aligned interest groups, party-aligned media - figure out which candidates to support, and could they then transmit those preferences to voters and convince them to support the party's decision? He said leaders would work toward a draft that resembles Trump's demands on the issue.

And by a whopping 25 percent margin, voters say they're more likely to back a congressional candidate who promises to serve as a check on Trump than less likely.

White House legislative director Marc Short was at the Thursday meeting, but in a listen-only capacity.

If you vote in one party's primary, you may vote in the runoff for that party's primary, but not in the other party's runoff. He's demanded that any immigration legislation include funding to begin building a wall on the border with Mexico and restrictions on legal immigration that have been rejected by Democrats.

The four pillar approach the conference discussed is the "most optimistic plausible chance of getting [something] into law", Ryan said.

Also advancing to the general election are 30-something national security strategist Jessica Morse, a Democrat who previously worked at both the State and Defense Departments.

But he noted that a "loose consensus" will have to be presented to all 235 House Republicans for their input on Thursday.

A big roadblock to any deal has been whether Dreamers, people who were brought into the country illegally as children, should get a special pathway to citizenship.

Conservatives have been adamant about not providing a "special" process carving out a unique way for Dreamers to gain legal status, and some of them bristled at Denham's narrower description. One of the thorniest issues is whether undocumented immigrants should receive a path to citizenship, something Trump said he would approve if he gets other concessions but that restrictionists strongly oppose as "amnesty".

- Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press; Andrew Taylor, Kevin Freking and Padmananda Rama contributed.

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