Republican officials continue the debate over immigration policies. Immigration bills, which were proposed in order to clean up the fallout of the Trump Administration’s disastrous “zero-tolerance” policy, have continuously been shut down by the Trump Administration, leading to no solutions.

Republicans recently promised to vote on a bill created by conservatives, moderates, GOP leaders and White House officials alike. Said legislation needed 218 Republican votes out of a possible 235 in order to pass. 

Last week, said vote fell short, with no solution issued. House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to buy more time for negotiations by postponing the next planned vote. Consequently, the delay might cause more uproar in the House.

Ryan commented,

“A lot of our members want to be able to express themselves by voting for the policies that they like. “We are bringing legislation to the floor that, if it got to the president’s desk, he would actually sign it into law.”




Some conservatives think that Ryan used the government’s immigration measure to undermine the immigration proposal, which has left many officials angry. A few members from the conservative House Freedom Caucus stated that the bill flopped because many Republican leaders didn’t give it a chance. 

Ohio’s Republican representative, Jim Jordan, said, “All I’m saying is where was the intensity on the whip effort for this bill?” Jordan asked. “Imagine if we had one-tenth of the intensity on this bill that we had for the tax legislation; we could have probably got this bill over the top.” He wanted that legislation to process through and have other leaders to back it up. 

This bill, which originally written by Virginia’s Republican representative Bob Goodlatte, had leaders’ hopes up. They knew Goodlatte’s bill had only missed by a few dozen votes, so they began focusing on a compromise. Since the bill included President Trump’s four pillars, officials thought the compromise bill would work.

The bill included four main components:

  • Legal protections for immigrants known as DREAMers, who arrived in the U.S. as children
  • Border security
  • Ending the diversity visa lottery
  • Adding restrictions on family-based legal immigration

 Government officials were shocked when President Trump did not support the outline of the bill during the Capitol meeting last Tuesday. At that point, they did not know what the White House wanted to do regarding immigration.

Thomas Massie, Kentucky’s Republican representative, expressed his frustration. He said,

“Some people think you can tinker with it, but the folks that have been negotiating, I think, are done tinkering. If you compromise and get fewer votes, who are you compromising with?”


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