June 22, 2018
The House of Representatives delayed until next week a vote on the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, a comprehensive immigration reform measure that would establish a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients while reducing legal immigration levels by way of a new merit-based green card system.
What employers need to know about the bill:
Goodlatte bill, discharge petition bite the dust: Rep. Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) more restrictive Securing America's Future Act was predictably voted down Thursday by 193 to 231, a closer margin than expected. The procedural effect of the rejection of the Goodlatte bill was also to extinguish the discharge petition that, despite never achieving the necessary signatures, had compelled the House leadership to schedule the immigration votes.
If the other measure is passed, the Senate is likely to be an inhospitable climate, as the legislation will need at least nine Senate Democrats to sign on—a tall order. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stated he does not intend to lose valuable floor time to a measure he is unhopeful will pass.
Meanwhile, debate rages on in the courts, as 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 be initiated on July 23.