GOP lead­ers sell im­mi­gra­tion bills, with Trump’s bless­ing

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASHINGTON » Repub­li­can lead­ers be­gan the prob­lem­atic task of find­ing sup­port for an im­mi­gra­tion com­pro­mise Wed­nes­day, telling law­mak­ers that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was backing the still- evolv­ing bill. But cracks within the party were on full dis­play and it seemed that push­ing the mea­sure through the House next week would be a challenge.

“If it was a res­o­lu­tion on ap­ple pie, you’re go­ing to lose some votes, some Repub­li­can votes,” Rep. Mario Di­azBalart, R-Fla., said.

A day af­ter top Repub­li­cans said the House would vote next week on two com­pet­ing im­mi­gra­tion mea­sures, it was widely as­sumed that a hard-right mea­sure would lose. That bill would give young “Dreamer” im­mi­grants just lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­main in the U.S. while im­pos­ing tough re­stric­tions on le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and bol­ster­ing border se­cu­rity.

GOP lead­ers, ne­go­ti­at­ing with quar­rel­ing mod­er­ates and con­ser­va­tives, were still writ­ing the sec­ond bill.

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