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Kumbaya over border bill? Not so fast, says Arizona's Paul Gosar

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Many House immigration hawks are praising the new version of the immigration legislation that is expected to get a vote Friday. But not all of them.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said Friday after a conference meeting that unless a few specific demands are met, he won’t vote for the measure. And he added that about two dozen other conservative House members in an immigration working group with him share his worries.

Gosar said the legislation is “a lot better” than it was Thursday, but he won’t commit to voting until he sees the bill’s wording. He also said he expects to vote against it unless the House votes first on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children to avoid deportation.

“They could say, ‘We got what we wanted, it’s time to back away,’ ” he said.

Though other Republicans have praised House leaders for their handling of the bill — notably Rep. Michele Bachmann, who said there is “tremendous unity” among House Republicans — Gosar is a holdout, and said leadership didn’t handle the issue “in the most ideal fashion.”

“There’s not a lot of trust right now,” he said.

He’s not alone. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said he would have voted against the bill Thursday and thinks the process may be going too fast.

“I don’t think it’s the proper way to do the people’s business, to act this quickly on legislation where you deny the American people the opportunity to participate," he said.

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Betsy Woodruff

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The Washington Examiner

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