House To Vote Next Week On Two Immigration Bills

Republican leadership announced that it would bring two immigration bills to the floor for a vote next week to address the legal status of people brought to the U.S. as children and other matters.

One is a conservative proposal (H.R.4760) drafted by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would replace the H-2A guestworker program with a new one called H-2C. It would also legalize Dreamers, end the diversity visa program, and require employers to use E-Verify.

The other is compromise legislation House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is drafting in consultation with moderates and conservatives that is expected to offer immigrants a potential pathway to citizenship while also addressing the President’s demands to limit legal immigration.  Inclusion of the two bills on the House agenda is expected to end the push from centrist Republicans who had pursued a discharge petition to force votes on the issue later this month.

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