GOP lawmaker pushes for vote on immigrant bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican congressman says he's trying to force a House vote on extending expiring protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants for three more years.

Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado says his measure would give Congress more time to decide how to help the so-called Dreamers. They are young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who have only temporary protection to stay here.

It was unclear whether Coffman can get the 218 signatures his petition needs.

Coffman faces a competitive re-election race this year in a district surrounding Denver in which around one in five voters are Hispanic.

Coffman announced his plan on the day President Donald Trump set as a deadline for Congress to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.