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The GOP’s “compromise” immigration bill is released; violence continues after protests in Nicaragua.

Republicans seek an intraparty compromise in new immigration bill

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  • House Republicans have released a so-called “compromise” immigration bill on Thursday, alongside a more conservative version. The legislation provides a pathway to citizenship for the young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers. [Vox / Ella Nilsen]
  • It also addresses a number of immigration issues, including the Trump administration policy of family separation at the border, beefing up border security, and ending family-based migration. The bill was written by House conservatives and moderates with input from the White House. [CNN / Tal Kopan]
  • To satisfy President Donald Trump and his “four pillars” of immigration, the bill guarantees $25 billion to fund Trump’s prized possession, a beefed-up wall along the southern border. [NBC / Rebecca Shabad, Alex Moe, and Garrett Haake]
  • Republicans hailed the bill for eventually providing DACA recipients a chance at citizenship (even though that comes at the expense of eliminating other visa programs). [Slate / Jim Newell]
  • The GOP has marketed the bill as a solution to Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that separates children from families who seek asylum or attempt to cross the border illegally. In reality, it could allow children to be detained in ICE detention centers indefinitely, which was previously not allowed. [Vox / Dara Lind]
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan spent much of the week garnering support for the bill by telling House members it had Trump’s support. This morning, Trump told Fox & Friends he “certainly wouldn’t sign” the moderate version, effectively crushing any chances of it passing in the House. [The Hill / Scott Wong and Melanie Zanona]
  • Just a few hours later, the White House said Trump had simply misunderstood a question from Fox and was actually in support of the bill. [Vox / Dylan Scott and Dara Lind]
  • The more conservative bill, authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), would only allow DACA recipients to receive residency permits, nearly cuts legal immigration in half, limits the admission number of asylum seekers, and cancels the diversity green card lottery. Though it’s unlikely to pass, critics fear the bill has set a new conservative standard for negotiations. [LA Times / Alex Nowrasteh]

Nicaraguan streets fall silent amid violent protests

  • The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights has confirmed at least 160 deaths and thousands of injuries in Nicaragua amid ongoing protests calling for the resignation of President Daniel Ortega. [AP / Luis Manuel Galeano]
  • Protests began in April when Ortega announced sweeping reforms to the country’s pension program. Ortega has since reversed the decision, but protesters continue to call for the “increasingly corrupt” leader to resign. [Time / Ciara Nugent]
  • Ortega, who refuses to step down, has unleashed a violent response to the anti-government protests. Both police and pro-government gangs called “shock forces” have taken to the streets to confront protesters. [BBC / Arturo Wallace]
  • Opposition groups called for a day-long strike on Thursday. Major cities were quiet, with banks and businesses closed for the day and vehicles off the streets. [NYT / Alfonso Flores Bermúdez and Elisabeth Malkin]
  • Today, government representatives and civic groups came together for talks mediated by the Roman Catholic Church, the first time mediations have resumed since they were suspended in May. [Reuters]


  • Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano recently started growing hair. Golden, glassy hair, to be precise. [Atlas Obscura / Natasha Frost]
  • In an attempt to compete in the streaming age, Apple is teaming up with Oprah to create original programming. If it’s anything like her most famous show, each viewer will hopefully get *Oprah voice* a newwwww caaaar! [The Verge / Shoshana Wodinsky]
  • The satirical website the Onion has declared war on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the form of hilarious posts. Apparently Zuckerberg never learned life’s most important rule: Don’t piss off the Onion. [Vulture / Megh Wright]
  • A capsule fashion collection called We Wear the Pants has the solution the #MeToo movement so desperately needs — a pair of “woke jeans.” Because nothing screams woke like a $250 piece of clothing with violent stories printed on it. [Racked / Nadra Nittle]


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