The Wall Street Journal: House Republicans reach deal to vote on immigration bills, but chances of passage unclear

WASHINGTON — House Republican leadership indicated on Wednesday they had White House support on their plan to put two immigration bills forward, but it was unclear if that would be enough for the bills to pass in Congress.

In a deal struck with centrists and conservative members of the conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he would hold votes next week on legislation that will protect young immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors and living in the U.S. without authorization, as well as increase funding for border security.

The deal staved off an uprising from centrist Republicans who were aiming to force votes on a series of immigration measures. Party leaders had ratcheted up negotiations to avert a vote on bills supported mostly by Democrats, which they fear will infuriate their base of loyal GOP voters.

“This represents a consensus between our members so that we can move forward on the immigration issue,” Ryan said Wednesday. “Now what we have is an actual chance at making law and solving this problem.”

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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