Jun 13, 2018, 5:25 PM ET

White House, Trump signal support for GOP immigration bills, Republicans say

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that Republican leaders have been working "hand-in-glove" with the Trump White House on immigration ahead of a vote next week on two immigration bills, as moderates and conservatives continue to negotiate the details of a possible compromise measure on border security and the plight of young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers."

"We now have a bill that represents a compromise that is going to be brought to the floor to that members can actually vote on legislation tackling this issue and this has a chance of going into law," Ryan said at a news conference with GOP leaders, indicating the White House has signaled that President Donald Trump might sign the measure.

Ryan's office first announced Tuesday night that the House would vote on a pair of immigration bills next week after GOP moderates fell short in an effort to force votes on a series of immigration bills - including a bipartisan measure Republican leaders feared would pass with Democrats' votes.

"The last thing I want to do is bring a bill out of here that I know the president won’t support," Ryan said.

PHOTO: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, left, leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, June 13, 2018.Bill Clark/AP
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, left, leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, June 13, 2018.

The first bill would be a hard-line measure from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., introduced last January that would sharply curb legal immigration levels, require the use of E-Verify for businesses to check the status of new hires, and withhold federal grants from sanctuary cities that defy federal immigration laws.

While conservative Republicans support the measure, it's unlikely to pass over the opposition of nearly all House Democrats and a handful of moderate Republicans.

PHOTO: Mark Walker, left, and Bob Goodlatte talk as they leave the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, June 13, 2018.Bill Clark/AP
Mark Walker, left, and Bob Goodlatte talk as they leave the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, June 13, 2018.

Republicans are still at work on the second proposal, which would still face resistance and an uncertain fate on the House floor. Republicans say it will include President Trump's requirements for any immigration reform bill needing his signature: $25 billion for a border wall with Mexico, a path to citizenship for Dreamers, changes to family migration rules to limit sponsorship to spouses and children, and elimination of the visa lottery system and re-allocation of visas to other applicants.

In another sign of support from the president, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller was on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon, telling members of the Republican Study Committee that Trump would be supportive of their work.

"Communication lines are open, and I think whatever we put on the floor, the president would support," Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., said of the two bills Republicans hope to vote on next week.

Democrats criticized Republicans' plans for a vote next week after GOP moderates were unable to secure the 218 signatures needed on their discharge petition to circumvent GOP leaders and force immigration votes later this month. (The group fell two signatures short with 216 members signed on.)

“Let's be clear: these Republican proposals aren't to provide relief for Dreamers, they're an avenue for mass deportations and to stoke fear in communities," Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said in a statement. "It’s been more than nine months now since President Trump ended DACA. And for nine months, GOP leaders have chosen partisan obstruction instead of working with Democrats to protect DACA recipients and find a sensible, permanent solution to our broken immigration system."

Moderates and supporters of the discharge petition were satisfied with the votes announced by leadership, arguing that their effort helped force Republicans to put it on their agenda.

"Leadership came through, we're going to do that next week, so from that standpoint, the discharge petition hanging out there did what we wanted," Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a supporter of the discharge petition, told reporters. "If we did not get the commitment we have now we would have had the signatures."

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  • verygoodperson

    Most Trump's supporters are experiencing an irrational fear of people who are unlike themselves (Muslims, Mexicans, blacks, immigrants, etc.) as well as they are experiencing an irrational believe that Trump would help them to get rid of said unlike people (Trump is a self-serving man, he wouldn't help anyone). Both this thoughts are totally delusional! In the 1930s and 40s the same way delusional Germans supported Adolf Hitler! I sincerely recommend most Trump supporters to seek psychiatric help before it is too late for themselves and for the country!

  • TexasVulcan

    Can this bill be passed in the Senate with a simple majority?

  • BD70

    Why doesn't Trump just pay for the wall out of pocket? He certainly made enough money off the tax payers so he definitely can afford it. He could even have the wall spell out his name....over and over and over again....

  • Michael McCall

    paul ryan sold out quite a while ago. That's why he's 'retiring'. He's as big a liar as trump.

  • BLW51

    The only thing that matters to Trump is the $25+ billion for his yuge and spectacular wall. Of course throwing red meat to he supporters is also important.

  • John_Cabal

    Housing immigrant children in tent cities - new low

    (but there's always tomorrow)

  • pam95650

    He was all for the bi-partisan bill too until his freaks in the WH told him no.

  • Ptah

    You know if Trump and Ryan are conspiring on it, this Bill will be worthless. they just want to make sure nothing reasonable or Humane gets voted on. It enrages their base to treat immigrants as human beings.

  • Ptah

    If Ryan and Trump are conspiring on it you know this Bill will be worthless. He just want to make sure no one votes for anything reasonable or humane

  • ROBOTIX JONES

    Kidnapping kids away from their parents sure is good conservative Christian family values.

  • Dan Farrar

    So, are they going to have to pass the bill before we see what's in it? Any bill that doesn't include a mandatory E-verify component will be a sellout.

  • Prophet With Honor

    WH signal = False flag.

  • hound

    This is just a scam to get Trump his $30M for his wall, wrapped in a cover of DACA!

  • pfon71361

    The present treatment of Mexican and Central American migrant families isn't a particularly shining example of American generosity toward people seeking relief from abject poverty and criminal depredation in their home countries. Immigration reform has been languishing for years in Congress and is still not given the critical importance it deserves. This inexcusable legislative inaction combined with draconian administration policies with regard to securing the southern border have brought international displeasure and opprobrium to our nation. Last week the United Nations called the current plight of migrant families, separating children from parents, at the Mexican-US border illegal. The Statue of Liberty holds a torch to light the way not to keep the downtrodden at bay.

  • Alex Ross

    Are you sure they didn't work with Trump hand-on-magazine?