GOP's "compromise" immigration bill falls flat in House vote

The House rejected the GOP's "compromise" immigration bill Wednesday by a lopsided 121-300 margin.
By Rick Docksai | Nov 01, 2018
A GOP bill aimed at resolving the brewing crisis over President Trump's zero-tolerance policies failed utterly in a House vote Wednesday. The House rejected it by a worse-than expected margin of 121-300, effectively bringing an end to months of internal GOP wrangling over immigration reform.

The bill was a compromise proposal that would have ended the separations of migrant families and provided a path to citizenship for so-called "Dreamers," while also fully funding Trump's proposed border wall, ending the "visa lottery," and further restricting the family members that an immigrant can legally bring with him or her. Its authors meant for it to be more appealing to centrists than an earlier, more hardline bill by Rep. Charlie Goodlatte (R-Va.), which the House voted down last week.

But the compromise bill fared even worse than Goodlatte's. Goodlatte's bill got 193 Republican votes, compared to only 121 for the compromise measure. No Democrats voted for either bill.

GOP conservatives never embraced the compromise bill, and many took issue with its path to citizenship for Dreamers, which they derided as "amnesty" for illegal immigration. Hill aides told reporters that moderate and conservative Republicans tried without success to bridge their differing opinions on immigration.

"From the beginning, it's been a tough, tough, tough road to get to anything that our members can agree on. Again, you have members in our conference that don't want to do anything, whatever we do is amnesty," one GOP aide said.

Nor did the bill get any support from Trump, its backers complained. Trump tweeted in favor of Goodlatte's bill but stayed silent on the compromise bill up until the vote, except for one tweet telling Republicans to "stop wasting their time" negotiating on immigration until they first win more seats in the elections this falls.


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