House Republican leaders are holding a closed-door meeting on Thursday to find a way to unite the party on immigration before their disagreements become a problem in the upcoming midterm elections.
GOP legislators met in House Speaker Paul Ryan's office yesterday, but are "still not in a situation where there's an agreement," according to House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who told NBC News after the meeting he thinks "there is great progress that is being made."
The Associated Press reports that Republicans have planned another meeting for Thursday morning, and that Ryan will present some broad ideas for ending the dispute to rank and file members of the GOP.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., one of the leaders in the push for a vote on immigration, said on Wednesday that "there's some loose consensus right now,' and that leaders will display "an outline of a potential bill," and Meadows adding that Ryan will show "concepts."
If Curbelo and Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., find one more Republican to sign the petition they're championing, then they can force Ryan to hold a vote on immigration, specifically on the legal status of those who came to the country illegally as children.
The more conservative members of the party are strongly opposed to creating any kind of pathway to citizenship for "Dreamers," as they're known.
"We've got the rule of law in this country, and nobody gets special consideration," said House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.
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