House Speaker is delaying the vote on his amnesty bill from Thursday to Friday, amid growing evidence that Ryan’s amnesty bill will lose because tens of GOP legislators prefer the bill drafted by Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte.
GOP leaders are using the time to push members towards a yes vote, and are urging President Donald Trump to use his leverage to sway legislators.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) June 21, 2018
The delay is also caused by confusion over changes to the bill. That confusion sparked a heated row Wednesday between Ryan and Rep. Mark Meadows, a leader of the House Freedom Caucus.
The confusion is exacerbated by the leaders’ effort to rename Ryan’s bill as the second Goodlatte bill. The first Goodlatte bill is better-liked by conservatives because it provide a small amnesty and more extensive changes to chain-migration numbers. “Goodlatte 1 and Goodlatte 2 is what they are calling it now,” Rep. Mike Kelly told Breitbart News June 21.
But both bills provide amnesties to illegal migrants.
The vote on final passage of a compromise immigration bill is being moved to Friday to provide more time to answer members' questions about the bill, a GOP aide confirmed
— Lindsey McPherson (@lindsemcpherson) June 21, 2018
Also, the leadership used the fight over the border policy and family detention to distract members from the contents of Ryan’s bill. Members are now asking for more time to check the contents.
Members were supposed to vote on this in a couple hours…..now leadership is going to brief them on what's in the bill.
To be clear: This bill proposes SWEEPING changes to the legal and illegal immigration system. Probably good to know what's in it. https://t.co/JfVf9v8SNW
— Tara Golshan (@taragolshan) June 21, 2018
One major difference is the number of migrants that would be imported via the two rival bills.
Several business groups are opposing both bills because the business groups want government to stimulate the economy with a huge wave of legal immigrant workers, customers, and renters each year. The core economic impact of both bills is largely ignored by media outlets.
President Donald Trump is pouring cold war on Ryan’s bill by Tweeting about the Democratic Senators’ opposition to a pro-American bill.
What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms). Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Legislators are to meeting to talk about the content of the bill — and to seek changes.
One group is asking for President Donald Trump to signal his support of Ryan’s bill, via Tweet. That would give them some political cover to vote for an amnesty bill.
Some House conservatives want @realDonaldTrump to clarify whether or not he thinks compromise immigration bill amounts to “amnesty,” as many groups on right are saying. If he tweets it’s NOT amnesty, they may get on board
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) June 21, 2018
.@RepMarkWalker says that House members needs the president's vocal support of the compromise bill.
"What would compliment the most to that is having the president continue to add to his voice to this compromise bill"
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) June 21, 2018
Some GOP legislators want a change to deny benefits to the parents who illegally brought the 3 million DACA-illegals into the United States. One way to fix this concern would be to end the chain-migration of parents, which is now about 175,000 per year. The Ryan bill makes no changes to this inflow, even though the parents consume far more in government aid than they do pay in taxes.
Spoke to a few conservative House Republicans who are demanding to change the leadership bill so as to ban DACA kids who eventually gain citizenship from sponsoring their parents (who broke the law by bringing them here) for green cards.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) June 21, 2018
Amnesty advocates rely on business-funded “Nation of Immigrants” push-polls to show apparent voter support for immigration and immigrants.
But “choice” polls reveal most voters’ often-ignored preference that CEOs should hire Americans at decent wages before hiring migrants. Those Americans include many blue-collar Blacks, Latinos, and people who hide their opinions from pollsters. Similarly, the 2018 polls show that GOP voters are far more concerned about migration — more properly, the economics of migration — than they are concerned about illegal migration and MS-13, taxes, or the return of Rep. Nancy Pelosi.