House Dems try to force vote on immigration

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Show caption
The U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are pushing for a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and tighten border security.

The procedural effort stands little chance of success as Republicans, even those who support changes to the immigration system, are unwilling to rebuff their leaders and join Democrats.

The GOP is reluctant to vote on the divisive issue in an election year, especially with all signs pointing to major gains for Republicans in the November midterms.

Democrats on Wednesday were introducing a discharge petition that requires 218 votes for legislative action. Democrats hold 199 seats in the House.

The Senate passed a comprehensive bill last June, but the measure has stalled in the GOP-controlled House.