House delays vote on immigration bill

House delays vote on immigration bill

June 21 (UPI) — Republican leaders in the House rescheduled a vote on a compromise immigration bill Thursday after rejecting more conservative legislation earlier in the day.

Lawmakers are seeking to secure more votes for the moderate bill introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The will go before the House on Friday.

Some representatives said they needed more time to read the 300-page document.

The bills have undergone modifications in recent days as the issue of separating migrant families at the border with Mexico generated more controversy. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end the practice, which was part of his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration.

The more moderate bill provides $25 billion for a border wall and establishes a path to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, or “Dreamers.” It also eliminates the diversity visa lottery.

A more conservative bill led by Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte took a more hard-line position on border security, DACA and illegal immigration.