House Republicans are reviewing a discussion draft of a sweeping immigration bill that includes a visa system for young "Dreamers" and other immigrants and $25 billion for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall with Mexico.
The measure released Thursday sticks to Trump’s immigration priorities while trying to unite the party’s conservative and moderate factions. It limits visas for extended family members and shifts to a merit-based immigration system.
The young Dreamers, who have been living in the United States illegally since childhood, could apply for legal status for six years. Applicants could gain points for education or other skills. Eventually, they could apply for citizenship.
The bill beefs up enforcement of immigration laws and ends the diversity visa lottery for immigrants from underrepresented countries, among other things.
GOP lawmakers are seeking a compromise on an immigration bill House Republicans are racing to finish. That bill is set to receive a vote next week.