On Immigration, Republicans Stick Together Against Democratic Move

The House minority's efforts to take over the floor almost never succeed — and an effort Wednesday by Democrats to force an immigration overhaul onto the floor was no exception. Democrats touted their efforts to vote against the "previous question" on an unrelated bill to try and force the issue — and highlight the GOP's failure to act. But no Republicans voted with the Democrats.  An immigration overhaul remains divisive among Republicans, as only 18 publicly support Speaker John A. Boehner’s immigration principles, according to CQ Roll Call’s whip count. However, two Democrats voted to block blocking their colleagues' effort to bring the immigration legislation, known as HR 15, to a vote. Rep. Filemon Vela, a freshman Democrat from Texas, sided with Republicans. Vela's district borders Mexico and he opposes the HR 15's provision that links border security “metrics” to a pathway to citizenship. Vela wote in a statement Wednesday: “The two issues are separate and should be addressed in separate legislation.” In July, Vela resigned from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to protest the group’s support of the Senate immigration bill. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., who is not running for re-election, also voted with Republicans. McIntyre currently represents North Carolina’s 7th District, which is rated as Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.