Republican moderates in the U.S. House late Tuesday were reportedly two signatures shy of forcing a vote on a proposal addressing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) the Obama-era program for delaying deportations of those who entered the U.S. illegally as children.
The moderate wing was promised a chance to vote next week on other immigration bills.
Moderates needed 218 votes on a “discharge petition” that would have forced a vote on the DACA proposal, but secured 216.
Republican Party leaders worked to derail the moderates’ petition by promising votes later this year on legislation that tackles migrant agricultural workers and rules that force employers to verify workers’ citizenship using a government online system, three aides familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.
“Because of House Republican Leadership’s reckless and political actions, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers continue to live in an avoidable and cruel limbo,” Grisham said in a statement.