Sen. John McCain said Saturday that he supports an effort in the House of Representatives to force a vote on an immigration bill.
"I strongly support the bipartisan effort in the House to file a discharge petition to reopen the debate on immigration reform and bring up our #USAAct for a vote," the Arizona Republican wrote in a tweet.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Republican Reps. Will Hurd of Texas, Jeff Denham of California and and Carlos Curbelo of Florida, introduced the Uniting and Securing America Act in January. The bill would shield undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children who have been protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program from deportation.
A petition to force a floor vote on immigration proposals has been circulating in the House of Representatives and requires 218 signatures to advance. As of May 24, 23 Republican lawmakers and 190 Democrats had signed the petition.
"President Trump's decision to eliminate DACA is the wrong approach to immigration policy at a time when both sides of the aisle need to come together to reform our broken immigration system and secure the border," McCain said at the time.
- McCain says he supports effort to force immigration bill to House floor
- McConnell honors McCain on Senate floor
- John Kelly leading White House's immigration effort in congressional negotiations
- Immigration effort in House inches forward as negotiations continue
- Immigration fight begins this week on Senate floor
- Lawsuit alleges 'forced labor' in immigrant detention
- Scalise: No guarantee House GOP will consider Senate immigration bill
- House conservatives put Paul Ryan on notice over immigration bill
- GOP-backed immigration bill shut down by House
- Lindsey Graham gives a tearful tribute to John McCain on the Senate floor