Rep. Mike Coffman (R) “said Monday that he’s trying to force a vote on legislation offering a three-year extension on protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. … Most Republicans don’t want to extend the program unless lawmakers also provide billions of dollars to start building President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico. And some Democrats may not back what they see as a temporary fix to a problem they want permanently resolved — and that many say should also provide the immigrants with a pathway to citizenship. Under House rules, Coffman will need 218 signatures on a ‘discharge petition’ to force a vote on his bill. Coffman’s bill has 31 co-sponsors about evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.
“Coffman faces a competitive re-election race this year in a district surrounding Denver in which around one in five voters are Hispanic. … It was unclear whether members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would back Coffman. One member,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D AZ-07), “said he wondered if the Colorado lawmaker was pushing his measure hard with fellow Republicans or if it was ‘just a way to cover himself for his re-election.’” (AP)