FILE - In this June 7, 2018, photo, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters following a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration without reaching an agreement between conservatives and moderates, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Divided House Republicans left a bargaining session Tuesday, June 12, saying they'd not reached an immigration compromise. It remained unclear whether restive moderates would follow through on their threat to force votes soon on the troublesome issue, and questions even arose about whether they still had enough support to do that. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House Republicans to offer 2 separate bills on immigration

June 13, 2018 - 1:05 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are considering next steps on two immigration bills after GOP leaders persuaded moderate Republicans to drop their renegade effort to force votes on legislation that would have protected young "Dreamer" immigrants with a path to citizenship.

Instead, leaders reached a deal with moderates and conservatives that will allow two votes on other bills, starting as soon as next week.

Moderates have been promised a vote on a compromise immigration plan that will likely include a citizenship pathway for the young immigrants who have been living in the country illegally since they were children.

Conservatives have been guaranteed a vote on their favored approach, which provides a path to legal status but not citizenship.

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