Immigration Fight Gets Lonely for Some in GOP

House Republicans who favor a bipartisan replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are increasingly at odds with their leadership, as the party digs in for a difficult midterm election.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) has rounded up 45 votes — and is expecting more in the coming week — on a resolution that would put four separate immigration bills up for a House vote in a process known as “Queen of the Hill.”

House Republicans who favor a bipartisan replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are increasingly at odds with their leadership, as the party digs in for a difficult midterm election.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) has rounded up 45 votes — and is expecting more in the coming week — on a resolution that would put four separate immigration bills up for a House vote in a process known as “Queen of the Hill.”

The opening to Ryan was explicitly meant to smooth the path for the Speaker take action, Denham told The Hill.

“We wanted to make sure that we left it so we were not tying the Speaker’s hands, but we were making sure that we were addressing a full vote in front of the House,” he said Wednesday.

The opening to Ryan was explicitly meant to smooth the path for the Speaker take action, Denham told The Hill.

“We wanted to make sure that we left it so we were not tying the Speaker’s hands, but we were making sure that we were addressing a full vote in front of the House,” he said Wednesday.

That’s irked vulnerable members in districts with large Hispanic populations, but also in swing districts, as a DACA solution has polled favorably both among Latinos and moderate voters.

“I don’t know how Denham’s plan could get vetoed by the president. It’s a rule. What if the product of that process is something the president supports? That’s incoherent,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) a top target for Democrats.

By Rafael Bernal for THE HILL
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