The Wall Street Journal: Despite divisions, GOP again hopes to bring vote on immigration bill

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House will try this week to vote on a Republican-written immigration overhaul, its second attempt in as many weeks, as GOP lawmakers balance pressure from President Donald Trump and the party’s base demanding a harder line on illegal immigration against a broader public outraged over the forced division of families under the recent administration crackdown.

Even if congressional leaders do manage to bring legislation to a vote, members say it is all but certain to fail, underscoring the party’s lack of consensus on how to address the hot-button issue. Lawmakers may then proceed with a narrower proposal aimed specifically at addressing the mounting uproar over the practice of separating the children of illegal immigrants from their parents. But it is unclear whether they can win sufficient support for that legislation either.

The president made clear over the weekend that he considers a tougher immigration stance a core part of his campaign strategy for defending and expanding Republican congressional majorities in this November’s elections. At a Las Vegas political rally Saturday, he accused Democrats of backing “weak, weak borders,” saying at one point: “I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border.”

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

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