Skip to main content

Bipartisan House immigration talks foundering, Republican warns

From Deirdre Walsh, CNN Senior Congressional Producer
updated 5:55 PM EDT, Wed May 15, 2013
  • Bipartisan House immigration talks have hit stumbling block, Texas GOP Rep. John Carter says
  • Carter warns House GOP may move its own immigration reform bill
  • Carter says Democrats, GOP disagree over extension of new health care benefits to undocumented residents
  • Negotiators still working out differences on guest worker visas

Washington (CNN) -- A group of House members working on bipartisan immigration reform legislation remain unable to reach a final deal, one of the Republicans involved in the talks told CNN Wednesday.

And now time is running out, the congressman warned.

Noting that the group of four Democrats and four Republicans is scheduled to meet again Thursday, a frustrated Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, said, "Tomorrow night as far as I'm concerned is the last night I'm going to meet."

"I want it done tomorrow night," Carter emphasized.

The six-term congressman warned that House Republicans -- who constitute a majority in the chamber -- may be prepared to move ahead with their own proposal.

"There's going to be a bill," he stressed, adding that after four years of work on the issue he plans to personally introduce one.

"We've got bipartisan agreement on 95% of the (plan). I don't know why we can't get the rest of it," he said.

The key sticking point, Carter said, is whether to extend coverage provided in President Barack Obama's health care reform law to the roughly 11 million undocumented residents now in the United States.

Democrats in the group favor extending the coverage; Republicans are staunchly opposed.

Negotiators are also still ironing out differences relating to guest worker visas, Carter said.

A Democratic aide told CNN that House Republicans are resisting agreeing to a version of the guest worker visa proposal included in the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight" plan.

That proposal is currently working its way through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Part of complete coverage on
updated 11:41 AM EST, Wed December 10, 2014
Twenty-four states have signed onto the legal challenge against President Barack Obama over his executive action on immigration.
updated 12:30 AM EST, Wed December 10, 2014
President Obama has made a concerted effort to reach out the Latino community, and assure them that his policies will not be overturned under a new administration.
updated 11:27 AM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
When George W. Bush couldn't get an immigration overhaul though the Senate, he gave up. When Barack Obama couldn't get a bill through the House, he changed the rules.
updated 10:50 AM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
President Obama is ordering the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades.
updated 1:12 PM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
Read a transcript of President Obama's speech on immigration, as prepared for delivery.
updated 5:59 PM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
Opponents of the President's plan focused their criticism on the legal case, saying Obama has overstepped the boundaries of his authority.
Here are 5 myths about undocumented immigrants, and why they're wrong.
updated 5:28 PM EST, Thu November 20, 2014
Here's a look at what you need to know about immigration in the U.S.
For immigrant children, their time in the U.S. all depends on luck and chance -- something immigration opponents see as problematic.
updated 3:02 PM EDT, Wed August 27, 2014
A new survey about preferences and trends in Mexico concludes that one out of every three Mexicans would migrate to the United States if given the opportunity.
A 14-year-old and his mother go on a dangerous and illegal journey. They made it to America. But what happens next?
updated 5:20 PM EDT, Wed August 6, 2014
Photographers capture all sides of the story as the crisis on the border continues.
updated 9:06 AM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
The Central Americans crossing the U.S. border in massive waves have been described as immigrants or refugees.