Again, Republicans obstruct a bipartisan solution for DACA
After a small coalition of moderate Republicans in the House of Representatives didn’t get enough votes to decide on a bipartisan proposal that could save DACA, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan promised to evaluate the solutions next week.
Republicans loyal to Donald Trump are capable of obstructing event their own colleagues as long as presidential whims are satisfied.
After the efforts of representatives Will Hurd of Texas, Jeff Denham of California and Carlos Curbelo of Florida failed to get a "discharge petition" that avoided the Republican leadership to attempt to vote on four different immigration proposals on the floor of the House, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) announced on Tuesday that "the House will vote next week on competing immigration bills that deal with the fate of young undocumented immigrants.”
On Tuesday, the request of the moderate coalition failed to secure the necessary signatures - with only two remaining for the goal - leaving a plain path for the more radical Republicans to submit to the vote legislative proposals that contemplate the president's exclusive requirements, such as the construction of a border wall with Mexico.
What many see as "a victory" for Ryan is now the last leg for Republicans to get an option to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, which protected undocumented youth from deportation and allowed them to work and study in the country.
If the two missing signatures had been obtained, "they would have also gotten votes on the Dream Act," explains the New York Times.
"Mr. Ryan desperately wanted to avoid taking those bipartisan measures to the floor," the Times report continues.
The lack of commitment in the matter has allowed proposals like the one written by House Judicial Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) to take force, being one of the few that could count on all the Republican support but that, according to the Democrats, "guarantees a path to mass deportation."
Although all the Democrats are unified in the determination to obtain a path for citizenship for all these young people, the Republican divisionism and the tribalism of the most radical in their party have prevented a solution.
"Republicans have struggled for years to arrive at any sort of immigration compromise," explains the Washington Post. "With pro-business Republicans who support expanding legal immigration and a possible amnesty for those living in the United States illegally sharply at odds with an ascendant populist wing that is fervently opposed to amnesty and wants to curtail any legal influx to protect American jobs and wages."
But the final decision on the future of DACA comes at a difficult political time for Republicans, after a wave of Democratic candidates swept the primary elections, promising a tough battle in the midterm elections in November.
"House Republicans' latest failure to deliver for Dreamers is made all the more inexcusable by their many empty promises that they would get the signatures and move on the discharge petition," said Javier Gamboa, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "If vulnerable members like Carlos Curbelo, Will Hurd and Jeff Denham can’t get the job done with their party controlling all of Washington, they have no business serving in Congress."
Apparently, this was one of the missing pushes for the so-called "Blue Wave" to return legislative control to the Democrats in November.