DACA in the Courts' Hands as Republican Immigration "Compromise" Bill Fails in the House

June 29, 2018

The House of Representatives emphatically voted down the Republican comprehensive immigration "compromise" bill, possibly rounding out for the year congressional efforts to solve DACA and leaving the debate to the courts for the foreseeable future. 

Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) signaled Republicans are ready to move on, saying, "obviously there are a lot of other things that we have to work on to get our economy back on track and keep our country moving forward."

Another discharge petition? Moderate Republicans' discharge petition, an attempt to bypass regular order and force the House to pass one of four immigration measures, fell two signatures short.  Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) did not rule out introducing another discharge petition.  However, there is little appetite for another try with midterms just around the corner.  

In the courts:  Multiple lawsuits and two nationwide injunctions by federal judges have halted the President's order to end the DACA program.  A third nationwide injunction, which will order the government to accept new DACA applications as well as renewals, will likely initiate on July 23.