The House Judiciary Committee will vote Wednesday on legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for more than 1 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
And yes, Democrats can investigate Trump and do public policy at the same time.
The measure has been broken up into two bills for the committee vote. A third bill to allow Venezuelan nationals to be eligible for temporary protected status is also included in the lineup.
The proposal is designed to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and are protected under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, as well as other immigrants with temporary protected status or deferred enforced departure.
Holders of temporary protected status — which provides protection to people displaced by natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other events — and deferred enforced departure, another form of relief from removal for designated countries, have faced similarly uncertain futures as the administration has moved to end the programs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and other Democrats unveiled the original legislation in March.
This legislation does not tie legalization to increased funding for border militarization or Trump’s “big beautiful wall” — which this spendthrift has spent “a billion dollars a mile” on his wall, U.S. Wall Funding of $1.57 Billion Yields 1.7 Miles of Fence — something Republicans will no doubt try to change with poison pill amendments or motions to recommit.
These bills will pass the Democratic-controlled House, but will meet resistance from obstructionist Republicans in the Senate, and would need the signature of the racist anti-immigrant white nationalist Donald Trump, who has wants to end the DACA program and begin mass deportations.
In other action, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenas Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson:
The House Judiciary Committee subpoenas request documents from Hicks and Donaldson by June 4, and they request Hicks testify on June 19 and Donaldson on June 24.
Donaldson’s notes on the chaotic atmosphere in the West Wing after special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment were among Mueller’s most vivid evidence of the president’s state of mind during the Russia probe.
Mueller’s report also painted a detailed portrait of efforts by Trump — many of which were cataloged by McGahn and Donaldson — to interfere with Mueller’s investigation. Though Mueller indicated he was unable to bring charges against Trump because of longstanding Justice Department policies, he described multiple instances in which Trump’s actions met the legal criteria for obstruction of justice.
Hicks was at Trump’s side for several of the instances that Mueller identified as possible examples of obstruction. Donaldson was featured in Mueller’s report repeatedly because of notes she took on the president’s comments and statements around when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and Mueller was appointed.
Hicks and Donaldson were included in a batch of 81 Trump-associated individuals and entities from which the House Judiciary Committee requested documents and testimony in March.
The White House is sure to try to keep Hicks and Donaldson from complying with the committee’s requests, which come on the same day Donaldson’s former boss, ex-White House counsel Don McGahn, followed President Donald Trump’s request that he defy a Judiciary Committee subpoena to testify.
The White House has mounted an aggressive legal effort to block current and former aides from testifying as part of the Judiciary Committee’s investigation of potential obstruction of justice and other alleged abuses of power by Trump.
Add another count of obstruction of Congress to the Articles of Impeachment for Donald Trump. He really is “self-impeaching” as Nancy Pelosi said.
UPDATE: The CNN reporting above was incorrect, Congress did not vote on H.R. 6 on Wednesday, The American Dream and Promise Act (now divided into the Dream Act and Promise Act). The House did pass The Consumer First Act on a party-line vote of 231-191, to require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to meet its statutory purpose.
CLARIFICATION: OK, the House Judiciary Committee (as CNN reported) did vote Wednesday to approve the Dream Act and Promise Act. It took eleven hours because Republicans on the committee did everything they could to disrupt and delay the process with one poison pill amendment after another. Both bills were ultimately approved by the committee and now head to the floor for a vote.
My mistake, and my apologies.