House GOP in eleventh-hour attempt for immigration accord

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

For now, that progress seemed to buy GOP leaders more time before an immigration civil war erupts - at least until next week. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida, another one of the moderate leaders, said the goal would be to not lower overall legal immigration levels but shift some total visas into employment categories rather than family-based categories.

The centrist Republican leaders of that effort said they were confident the petition, which now has 215 signatures, would attract the final three needed by Tuesday.

Friday's meeting comes as House Republican immigration negotiators consider a possible "special visa" for Dreamers that would not require them to return to their home countries but would allow them to apply for citizenship, according to Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., a leader of the GOP reformers.

"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.

"They own it, they broke it, and we're the fix", he said.

The so-called dreamers - immigrants brought into the country illegally as children by their parents under the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act - are among the core problems in the immigration reform debate.

"We're still not in a situation where we're in an agreement", said conservative and Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican.

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That split-between those who eager to look tough on immigration and those who are vulnerable on the issue-is one of the many driving forces behind the current impasse in the House.

At the same time, frustrated moderate Republicans - many of whom represent the battleground districts that will determine control of the House this November - began working with Democrats last month on a discharge petition to force a vote on the floor.

Democrats have taken the lead again on this week's Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.

"The next two or three days will be decisive in terms of whether or not people keep their word and support this framework that is fairly detailed", Curbelo said. The petition had 215 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon. The speaker hopes to move a bill through the normal legislative process that also has a chance of becoming law. By 45 percent to 21 percent, voters say they'd be less likely to back a congressional candidate who would support Pelosi as speaker.

"They will be asked which primary they wish to vote in", Bosserman said.

"I can not look my children in the eye and justify a vote for a man who promotes and boasts about sexually assaulting women", Roby said.

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But, the sources also cautioned, the specifics regarding who would qualify for the visa and what the thresholds would be remain key details to be worked out before a deal is reached.

Divided on immigration, House Republicans are huddling privately as leaders try pushing them toward consensus on the issue. The president gets net negative ratings for his handling of immigration (43 percent approve vs. 52 percent disapprove), foreign policy (42-49), and worldwide trade (41-49).

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona said a bipartisan effort on an immigration vote could get around roadblocks and put bills on the House floor soon.

The 1994-2014 partisan divisions have been unusually long-enduring, aside from the short-lived shift to Democrats in 2006-08, and the actual number of Obama/Trump voters who switched 100 electoral votes to the Republican was small by historical standards. "This has always been a self-perpetuating issue because we don't tackle it".

"There's no agreement right now", said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the GOP Whip, as he exited the meeting. Members, including Walker and Denham, have said they have been in touch with White House aides including Short and top adviser Stephen Miller. Last month, moderates who had organized the discharge petition were picking up momentum.

The dynamic followed a trend from recent primaries in other states, indicating that while Trump is enjoying unwavering sway in the Republican party and among conservative voters, his controversial policies are sparking a strong backlash from Democratic voters and independents.

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