Ryan: Pe­ti­tion drive dooms any DACA bill

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

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.

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