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House members use rare maneuver to try to force vote on legislation to protect DREAMers

DACA supporters chain themselves to each other outside the U.S. Capital on March 5, 2018. /Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images

By Alan Gomez and Eliza Collins | USA TODAY

A group of Republican lawmakers used a rare congressional maneuver Wednesday to try and force the House to vote on a series of bills to protect DREAMers.

They were confident they would get enough Republicans to join their effort and bypass party leadership.

Nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children have been in limbo ever since President Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last year. Federal courts have forced the administration to keep the program running, setting up a possible Supreme Court showdown later this year.

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