Jun 13, 2018, 8:47 AM ET

House to vote on 2 key immigration bills next week, including DACA solution

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In the face of a fast-approaching deadline that would force bipartisan immigration legislation to be debated on the House floor, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan announced late Tuesday night that the House would consider two bills next week.

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The two immigration bills include a conservative version and a bipartisan version that has yet to be written.

By announcing that the House will vote on these two immigration measures, Ryan narrowly avoided taking a bipartisan bill to the floor that would reopen the debate with Democrats on protecting so-called Dreamers -- those brought to this country illegally as children who were previously protected by former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was disbanded by the Trump administration last year.

“Members across the Republican Conference have negotiated directly and in good faith with each other for several weeks, and as a result, the House will consider two bills next week that will avert the discharge petition and resolve the border security and immigration issues," AshLee Strong, press secretary for Ryan, said in a statement.

More information will come Wednesday morning, Strong said, after the GOP meets to discuss.

PHOTO: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan meets with reporters during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 10, 2018.J. Scott Applewhite/AP, FILE
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan meets with reporters during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 10, 2018.

A discharge petition, which allows members of the House to force debate on the floor without House leadership’s approval, was a few votes away from forcing a vote on immigration legislation on border security and the status of DACA recipients that would be largely supported by Democrats. The petition was led by Rep. Jeff Denham of California, a moderate Republican, who was joined by more than a dozen other Republicans frustrated by a lack of movement on immigration. Democrats — all 193 of whom signed — made up the majority of the 215 signatures on the petition. It would've needed to hit 218 to move forward.

“It is time for Republicans and Democrats to come together on what can be a bipartisan solution, but we have to first have the debate. This will force the debate,” Denham said when he began the effort. “We feel very importantly that this has gotta happen now and we're willing to drive that vote.”

PHOTO: Pro DACA and Dreamer supporters march at the US Capital, March 5, 2018, in Washington.Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Pro DACA and Dreamer supporters march at the US Capital, March 5, 2018, in Washington.

House Republicans have been grappling with immigration debate ahead of the midterms. Just last week, GOP members met for two hours without reaching a deal, although conservatives and moderates emerged optimistic about the tone and direction of negotiations.

Still, Ryan has consistently spoken out against the discharge petition bucking GOP leaders in an effort to reignite the stagnant DACA debate on Capitol Hill.

“We think they're a big mistake,” Ryan said in May after meeting privately with House Republicans. “They disunify our majority.”

ABC News' Benjamin Siegel and John Parkinson contributed to this report.

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  • Joshua

    I’d support letting the best of the best stay. But kick out the bums, leaches and criminals in the bunch.

  • Blaize Rage

    How can a bill be considered in legislature that hasn't been written?

  • TexWho

    GOP members met for two hours YEARS without reaching a deal,

  • Lawrence Wilson

    Send them all back! Round e'm up, head e'm out. Rawhide!
    We don't need no stinkin illegals!

  • Bill Snith

    "The two immigration bills include a conservative version and a bipartisan version that has yet to be written."

    That has yet to be written??!?! But it's up for a vote?!?!?!

  • Rg

    Why wouldnt the conservative version have the wall?

  • Dan Farrar

    I more than suspect United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen will be sending DACA to the Supreme Court soon where this Democratic nightmare will be ended for good.

  • Dennis Morris

    National security and humanitarianism can and should go hand in hand here - let us hope for unison from Legislators as to these important pillars and may their vision be fixed upon a long-term solution, thereby resulting in a legal framework that maintains safety, recognizes the contributions of those who once transgressed and makes future generations of Americans not only satisfied, but proud.

  • MickC

    I'm one of those many people who would like to see illegal immigration severely cracked-down on, but when we've allowed kids to grow up here and this is the only country they know and we never got around to doing the right thing and returning them and their parents to their home countries, it's OUR fault they grew up here and they should be allowed citizenship.

    ANY new law passed should have provisions to PREVENT the occurrence of large numbers of future Dreamers and illegal immigrants.. In some school districts in the Southwest up through Colorado, a MAJORITY of kids are illegal aliens and the American kids are getting cheated of materials and decent class size. Here in Maryland, there were so few Hispanics in the 1970's that a Hollywood movie shot in Baltimore had to bus them in as extras from New York City.
    Now, they're everywhere, one of our three public television channels is in Spanish (but the fundraising stuff only occurs on the English-speaking channels), and Black, White, and Asian legal-Americans who used to make a decent living painting, tree-trimming, lawn-caring, etc. can no longer do so because of the invasion of huge numbers of Hispanic immigrants and illegals who will work for peanuts.

  • otm861

    All the Republicans do is pass lies from their pieholes following the lead of their antiAmerican prez.

  • Freeofu

    We are moving in the right direction. Finally! Thank you President Trump for keeping the Peace, putting more money in my weekly paycheck and making my 401k go up and most of all, getting rid of all the illegals.

  • E Just

    "bill that will avert the discharge petition and resolve the border security and immigration issues"

    Sure it will. Just like the last 7 amnesty bills. Bring the Goodlatte bill to a vote - it proposes what the majority of voters want: E-Verify, reductions to chain migration, and resolution of the DACA problem by providing a one-time amnesty.

  • 1Hoss

    Oh good, I'm sure there solution will do nothing to end chain migration. So, not only will we get the "Dreamers" - we'll get their moms, dads, grandparents, etc.

  • SCREWED_UP

    Are there really people gullible enough to buy the snake oil this con artist is selling?

  • BobFelder

    They're barely enforcing the current laws, what's a few more?

  • eeriesponsiple

    “They disunify our majority.” Hello!?? Already there Ryan. That's why the discharge was on the table in the first place.

  • Matt

    I would guess that the DO NOTHING GOP will once again do nothing on immigration.

  • BobFelder

    One is a bill that "has yet to be written"
    That's odd.

  • TexasVulcan

    I'd like to hear what is in the "Republican-only" immigration bill. No doubt it will limit legal immigration, fund the wall, and generally do little to solve the problem of illegals. Are harsh employer sanctions included? Mandatory E-verify? How about a hard-to-counterfeit national ID card for citizens and legal residents?