House rejects Trump-backed immigration reform bill

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By Bob Fredericks

The House on Wednesday killed a broad, GOP-written immigration bill after conservative and moderate Republicans could not agree on the deal.

The defeat reflects GOP worries over alienating conservatives, whom they’ll need in this fall’s elections.

The bill would give some immigrant Dreamers, brought illegally to the US as children, a chance for citizenship, and that’s anathema to hard-right voters.

The overwhelming 301-121 vote came despite President Trump tweeting his eleventh-hour support— in all caps.

“HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON’T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE. PASSAGE WILL SHOW THAT WE WANT STRONG BORDERS & SECURITY WHILE THE DEMS WANT OPEN BORDERS = CRIME. WIN!” he wrote.

Trump’s views on the issue have repeatedly flip-flopped, and he twice tweeted last week that lawmakers were wasting their time on the effort because it was DOA in the Senate.

Some GOP lawmakers had become nervous about backing the package for fear that he might change his mind again, putting them on the wrong side of Trump backers.

The bill would finance Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, limit legal immigration and curb the separation of migrant families.

 

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