Jeff Denham

Renegade Republicans challenge Rep. Paul Ryan, file discharge petition to force immigration votes

A small group of Republicans has launched an effort to sidestep House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and put immigration legislation on the House floor this year in a bid to secure protections for young undocumented immigrants.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. filed a discharge petition Wednesday morning that, if signed by a majority of House members, would force votes on a series of immigration bills under a so-called queen of the hill rule. Whichever of those bills receives the most votes, exceeding a majority, would pass the House — a setup that is calibrated to secure passage of a bipartisan compromise.

Six other Republicans — Reps. Jeff Denham, Calif., David G. Valadao, Calif., Will...