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Republicans left a meeting Wednesday night in Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) office without an immigration deal ahead of what is expected to be a tense conference discussion on the topic Thursday.
Lawmakers leaving the meeting said they were encouraged despite their inability to get a deal so far that would stave off a discharge petition launched by party centrists to force a series of votes on immigration measures.
“I don’t think these negotiations have been a waste of time at all. They have actually exceeded my expectations, and I think that they’re far along enough where the conference meeting tomorrow will be meaningful,” Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) told reporters after the meeting, which included moderates and conservatives.
The article goes on to state the following:
Curbelo said House GOP leaders have a “fairly specific outline” of a possible deal, and will need input from the rest of the conference.
The Florida Republican and his allies are just three signatures away from the 218 necessary to trigger the votes through the discharge petition.
If the discharge petition succeeds, it could lead to passage of legislation that would give “Dreamers” — immigrants who came to the United States illegally as minors — a path to citizenship.
Conservatives oppose that language, arguing Dreamers should not get special privileges over other immigrants.
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