Rep. Dave Brat leads effort to end chain migration and mandate E-Verify, while pro-amnesty Republicans urge Speaker Ryan to move faster on #DACA – #NoDACA

FRI, NOV 10th

Two separate factions within the Republican party offered vastly different approaches to the DACA issue this week.

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), a member of the influential House Freedom Caucus, is preparing legislation that would end chain migration and the visa lottery and require E-Verify for all businesses before or in conjunction with an amnesty for DACA recipients. Earlier this week, the House Freedom Caucus announced its public support for Rep. Bill Posey’s (R-Fla.) bill that would end the Visa Lottery.

The Hill is reporting:

A vocal member of the House Freedom Caucus said Thursday that GOP leaders are close to cementing an immigration package that would couple new enforcement measures with protection for “Dreamers” — and win the support of conservatives in the process.

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) said the Republicans are eying a plan consisting of three components favored by conservatives: An effort to discourage chain migration; the creation of a mandatory e-verify system to deter hiring immigrants in the country illegally; and the elimination of the diversity visa program.

The House Freedom Caucus has 31 members. The only one serving on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s DACA House Task Force is Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). The Hill didn’t speak with Labrador, but did speak with Task Force member Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) who neither confirmed nor denied Brat’s comments.

Meanwhile, a group of 14 other Republicans held a press conference on Thursday, urging fast passage of legislation that would grant a permanent amnesty to approximately 700,000 DACA recipients. The group did not ask for any immigration reductions or extra enforcement. But it did stop short of demanding DACA inclusion in the year-end spending bill that Congress must pass by December 8, although it did urge House Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the amnesty to the floor sooner rather than later.

[Rep. Dan] Newhouse said that including the deportation protection in a year-end spending bill to keep the government open is not their first option. But, he added, that “if in order to be successful in this issue that is an option that is open to us, I think a lot of people would probably be open to that.”

The 14 Republicans include: Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), John Faso (R-N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), and Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

We’ve posted new actions for these 14 Members on your Action Board if you live in one of these districts.

PUBLIC ENTHUSIASM FOR DACA AMNESTY WANING

New polling from Morning Consult/Politico finds that enthusiasm for Congress passing a DACA amnesty has dropped significantly since the Trump administration first announced an end to the program in September.

Only 29% of Americans think addressing DACA should be a top priority for Congress compared to 39% in September.

The drop in enthusiasm was across the political spectrum. It dropped among Democrats by 9 points (53 to 44), among Republicans by 9 points (28 to 19), and among Independents, who had the largest drop, by 12 points (35 to 23).

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