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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., leaves after meeting with reporters before a House showdown on immigration, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a conservative immigration bill and delayed a vote on a compromise proposal as Republicans seek to find common ground on an issue that Congress has attempted to address for many years. 

The legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte failed by a 193-231 vote. Forty-one Republicans joined the Democratic caucus in opposing the more conservative of the two immigration proposals. 

The main provisions of Goodlatte's bill included $30 billion for border security and the construction of a wall that has long been championed by President Donald Trump. It would protect 690,000 existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients from deportation, but wouldn't provide a pathway to citizenship. 

Goodlatte's proposal would also eliminate the diversity visa lottery and end most family-based visas. However, the bill doesn't address the controversial family separation policy that has drawn criticism after the Department of Justice opted to prosecute adults who illegally enter the country. 

Four New Yorkers — U.S. Reps. Chris Collins, Dan Donovan, Claudia Tenney and Lee Zeldin — voted for the Goodlatte bill. Tenney, R-New Hartford, said the legislation "provided the common-sense solutions to fix our broken immigration system and prioritize the safety of law-abiding American citizens." 

Donovan, a Staten Island Republican, announced his support for the Goodlatte bill and the compromise proposal that's been negotiated by House GOP leaders, the conservative Freedom Caucus and moderates. 

"These pieces of legislation deliver the strong solutions President Trump has called for, and I look forward to voting to repair our system," he said. 

But not all New York Republicans support both bills. U.S. Rep. John Katko was among those who voted against the Goodlatte bill. He said earlier this week that he played a role in negotiating the compromise bill that the House is expected to consider next week. 

The compromise proposal would provide protections for an estimated 1.25 million DACA recipients, $25 billion for border security and the wall and ends the diversity visa lottery in favor of a merit-based system. It would also address the family separation policy by allowing children to stay with parents who are detained for illegally entering the country. 

"It is a great bill and it's going to address both the immigration issue as well as border security," Katko, R-Camillus, said on Tuesday. 

It's unclear whether the compromise legislation has enough votes to pass the House. It's unlikely that it will receive any Democratic support. Katko acknowledged earlier this week that Democrats weren't included in the negotiations. 

Here is how New York's House members voted on the Goodlatte bill: 


Rep. Chris Collins (R), Rep. Dan Donovan (R), Rep. Claudia Tenney (R), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R)


Rep. Yvette Clarke (D), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D), Rep. Eliot Engel (D), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D), Rep. John Faso (R), Rep. Brian Higgins (D), Rep. John Katko (R), Rep. Peter King (R), Rep. Nita Lowey (D), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D), Rep. Grace Meng (D), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D), Rep. Tom Reed (R), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D), Rep. Jose Serrano (D), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R), Rep. Tom Suozzi (D), Rep. Paul Tonko (D), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D)


Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D)

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