Tom Reed

GOP immigration rebels push ahead to force vote despite Trump veto pledge

House advocates for moderate immigration policies stood at the cusp of forcing votes on bills that would give young undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship - even as President Trump threatened to veto any legislation that did not hew to his hard-line views.

Backers of a rare procedural maneuver that would spark an immigration debate against the wishes of House Republican leaders were five signatures short of reaching the necessary 218 after two Republicans and six Democrats added their names to the discharge petition Thursday.

They signed the petition as conservative and moderate Republicans negotiated with House leaders to avert it - and hours after Trump...