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Democrats Reject Immigration Bill that could Fix the Crisis at Border

On Thursday the House rejected an immigration bill that was backed by the president — introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)

The 193-231 vote came a day after President Trump signed an executive order ending the controversial practice of separating children from parents who cross the border illegally. Every Democrat and 41 Republicans voted against Goodlatte’s bill.

A second vote on the compromise measure has been delayed until Friday as leaders seek to rally support for it. There will also be a conference-wide meeting on immigration at 4:30 p.m., which will give GOP leaders one last chance to rally the party around the legislation and convince the remaining holdouts to get on board with the plan.

Both bills have the support of the administration.

The vote effectively killed a discharge petition — introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) in April — that would have circumvented leadership and forced votes on four separate immigration proposals. The bill with the most votes over 218 would have then been sent to the upper chamber.

The discharge petition, backed by moderates Republicans and most Democrats, nearly had its required number of backers, forcing leadership’s hand in bringing forth the Thursday votes.

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