House GOP Leaders Defeat Effort to Force Vote on ‘Dreamers,’ Will Consider Legislation for Border Wall Funding Instead

People who call themselves Dreamers protest in front of the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress in passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

People who call themselves Dreamers protest in front of the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress in passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

An effort by moderate Republicans to force votes on a bipartisan immigration bill failed in the House on Tuesday, with members agreeing instead to vote on legislation that would guarantee funds for President Trump’s proposed border wall.

The agreement meant defeat, at least for now, for an effort led by Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock and other GOP moderates to use a rare parliamentary maneuver known as a discharge petition to force the House to vote on the bipartisan immigration plan, and three other bills, over the objections of party leaders.

The dissident Republicans, frustrated by Congress’ failure to resolve the legal status of “Dreamers” — people brought to the U.S. illegally as children — had combined with the chamber’s Democrats to try to force a vote on a plan that would offer the young immigrants a pathway to citizenship.

Defeat of the effort greatly reduces the chances — already slim — that Congress could pass any form of Dreamer legislation before this year’s midterm election.

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