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House Rejects Immigration Overhaul Despite Trump’s Late Plea

The House resoundingly rejected a far-reaching immigration overhaul on Wednesday, despite a last-minute plea from President Trump, as internal divisions in the Republican ranks continued to hobble legislative efforts to protect the young unauthorized immigrants known as Dreamers.

The 121-301 vote was an embarrassment to both Trump and House Republican leaders, who had spent weeks trying to bring together Republican hard-liners and immigration moderates — and ended up alienating many in both camps. In the end, nearly as many Republicans voted against the bill, 112, as for it, 121.

The defeat provided the latest display of the Republican Party’s disunity in Congress on immigration. And it highlighted the continuing inability of both the House and Senate to resolve the fate of the Dreamers, who were brought to the country illegally as children. Many of those undocumented immigrants have been shielded from deportation under an Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, but Mr. Trump moved last year to end the program.

Read more at The New York Times

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