U.S. House to debate new immigration bills

The Associated Press

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters following a closed-door Republican meeting on immigration on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 7.

Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, in a bid to settle a divisive election-year fight among his fellow Republicans, will bring two competing immigration bills to the House floor next week that are aimed at protecting illegal “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation.

The measures, said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong, will “resolve the border security and immigration issues” that have been at the center of a dispute between centrist and conservative Republicans.

Strong did not provide details of those bills and it was not clear whether either would gain enough support for passage in the Republican-controlled House.

Rep. Mark Meadows, the leader of a hard-right group of House Republicans, told reporters late on Tuesday that one of the bills would provide temporary protections for Dreamers — undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.

That measure, which the Trump administration has expressed some support for, has been advanced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.

It would also impose tough new limits on legal immigration and bolster border security. There has been widespread skepticism it can pass the House.

In setting this course, Ryan has tried to diffuse a challenge by centrist Republicans who threatened to use a rarely used “discharge petition” procedure to force House votes on a more popular bipartisan bill that is supported by some Republicans and all Democrats.Speech

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