Democrats and the nearly two dozen Republicans who attempted to force a vote on a series of bills that would continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival protections—and, in the case of at least two of those bills, offer a pathway to citizenship—have failed to get the signatures required to pull it off, meaning that the mini-rebellion they led against Speaker Paul Ryan is now over, and conservative Republicans are moving forward with their own, extremely fucked up immigration agenda.
On Tuesday night, Ryan announced that House Republicans will bring two bills to the floor for a vote. Talking Points Memo reports that one bill, drafted by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, “is likely to fail due to bipartisan opposition,” while the second bill “will ostensibly be agreed to in ongoing negotiations between moderate and conservative members.”
“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,” Ryan’s spokesperson AshLee Strong said in a statement. “The full Conference will discuss tomorrow morning and we’ll have more to share at that point.”
The bill texts are not available yet, but the compromise bill may attempt to impose restrictions on asylum and require businesses with more than 50 employees to ensure their workers have appropriate documentation allowing them to work. The current “compromise” position in the House, populated as it is by racists, will almost necessarily involve curbs on legal immigration.
This is, frankly, a mess, and the ongoing chaos means that undocumented immigrants continue to wait on Congress for some action, while Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with Donald Trump as its champion, is working overtime to profile, detain, deport, and ultimately destroy their communities.