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Immigration negotiations resurface in the House; Trump meets with a bunch of very irate US allies.


Another immigration fight is brewing in Congress

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  • Immigration has resurfaced as a major issue on Capitol Hill, for several reasons. [Roll Call / John Bennett]
  • First, House Republicans are in the middle of intense negotiations on whether to debate and vote on a series of bills that would protect young unauthorized immigrants known as DREAMers. [Politico / John Bresnahan and Heather Caygle]
  • Some of the bills are much more conservative than others, but Democrats and moderate Republicans see it as a new chance to make something happen on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which Trump abruptly canceled last year, punting a legislative fix to Congress. [Vox / Dara Lind]
  • This was a huge fight in Congress over the winter. (Remember that very short government shutdown? It was over a lack of action on DACA, among other things.) [Vox / Tara Golshan and Dara Lind]
  • Now a group of moderate Republicans have revived the effort. There are a number of theories as to why it’s happening now ... including the threat of Democrats winning in 2018. [Vox / Dara Lind]
  • Moderate Republicans and Democrats need 218 signatures on a discharge petition. They are just a few short, including one lone Democratic holdout, Rep. Henry Cuellar (he doesn’t want a bill that would give money to a Trump border wall). [USA Today / Eliza Collins and Deirdre Shesgreen]
  • But moderates also need to convince House Speaker Paul Ryan, who wants the White House on board. That could be extremely difficult, and Ryan is arguing that the House should only pass something they know Trump will sign. [Vox / Tara Golshan]
  • There’s also the ongoing issue of how to respond to Trump’s recent family separation policy. Democrats have a few bills to try to stop families being split up at the border, but Republicans don’t seem to want to do anything ... so it’s likely nothing will happen from Congress on that front. (The courts are another story.) [The Hill / Brooke Seipel]

US allies stage a Trump intervention

  • President Donald Trump is headed to the G7 summit in Quebec to meet with six of America’s closest allies. The only problem is they’re all mad at him. [NYT / Michael Shear]
  • The G7 is usually a pretty chummy event between the US and countries like Germany, Canada, the UK, and Japan, but each has various reasons to be irked with Trump. The big one, of course, is recent steel and aluminum tariffs Trump slapped on Mexico, the EU, and Canada. [Vox / Zeeshan Aleem]
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has asked other countries to confront Trump on issues including trade, climate change, and the Iran nuclear deal, and possibly exclude Trump from the joint statement all country leaders are supposed to sign at the end of the summit. [Guardian / Julian Borger]
  • But this could also just be tough talk. It’s in Europe’s best interest to play nice with the US. There are bigger opponents (namely, China and Russia). The world will be watching the outcome of the meeting. [WSJ / Simon Nixon]

Miscellaneous

  • After calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” on her late-night talk show last week, Samantha Bee issued an apology that will likely please no one. [Slate / Matthew Dessem]
  • A Brooklyn Army base called Immigration and Customs Enforcement on an unsuspecting pizza delivery man who happened to be brown and undocumented. Now he will “likely be deported.” [Gothamist / Nick Pinto]
  • A new survey finds the 44 percent of Britons — the majority of whom are women — claim to have seen fairies. We’ll have what they’re having. [Broadly / Caroline Kent]
  • Actress Kelly Marie Tran has all but deleted her Instagram after “suffer[ing] months of racist and sexist abuse on social media” at the hands of impassioned Star Wars fans. It comes as no surprise, given the heavily white male fan base. [Syfy Wire / Kayleigh Donaldson]

Verbatim

“I realized it didn’t take that much to get the attention of the principal.” [Former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards / Britney McNamara]


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