Ryan: Petition drive dooms any DACA bill
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that rebel Republicans’ petition drive to force a vote granting citizenship rights to illegal immigrant “Dreamers” can’t succeed because the president will not sign the legislation they’re pushing.
Mr. Ryan and fellow GOP leaders are grappling with one of their biggest challenges yet with the Republican rebels speedily gathering signatures on the “discharge petition.” Twenty Republicans had signed as of just before noon on Thursday, and if they can get to 25 signatures, combined with all Democrats in the chamber, they can force their Dreamer bill to the floor over Mr. Ryan’s objections.
But Mr. Ryan said President Trump can’t accept the bill the rebels are pushing, but that route would sour chances of anything passing.
“It’s futile to bring a discharge through which would guarantee nothing goes into law,” he said.
If the rebels get enough signatures, it would force a debate on the House floor featuring four different immigration proposals. Among them would be a “clean” amnesty for Dreamers, a bill combining an amnesty with promises of a study on border security, an enforcement-heavy bill that would not include a new pathway to citizenship, and then a bill of Mr. Ryan’s choosing.