Stefanik Might Get Vote On Immigration ReformPosted: Updated:
A number of politicians in Washington signed a petition hoping to force a vote on immigration reform. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was one of the lawmakers leading the charge.
However, the number of signatures needed on the petition that would force a series of votes in the House of Representatives on immigration bills having to do with DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and border security, came up short.
Stefanik was one Republican crossing party lines to sign the petition.
The petition needed 218 signatures and came up short by 2. But it did catch the attention of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who announced Tuesday that the house will vote on immigration next week.
However, what they will likely consider are two bills - one Conservative-backed immigration bill and another more moderate compromise bill that is still being drafted.
Stefanik said in a statement on Saturday, “Congress has kicked the can for too long on fixing our broken immigration system, including for our agriculture workers. I have long supported finding a solution to DACA and have cosponsored bipartisan legislation to address it."
While the debate may not be focused entirely on DACA like those who signed the petition wanted, it re-sparked the conversation on immigration reform nonetheless.