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Immigration showdown: Dreamers' future on the table as Republicans clash

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Immigration showdon on Dreamers coming

The fates of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants hang in the balance as lawmakers once again rush to accomplish in hours what has eluded Congress for decades: a way forward on immigration.

A bloc of moderate House Republicans are challenging far-right conservatives – and their leadership – in the latest effort to secure protections for Dreamers, the nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants protected from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program that Donald Trump terminated.

Their rebellion has set the stage for a dramatic showdown over a politically perilous issue that has riven the Republican party – and, some worry, could cost them their majority control in this year’s midterms. House Republican leaders have scheduled a private, two-hour conference to discuss the issue on Thursday morning. Their goal is to find common ground where there has long been none and, in doing so, prevent moderates from forcing a series of immigration votes over the objections of leadership.


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