US House rejects compromise bill on border family separations

Trump tweets hard-right voters hamper GOP immigration push

US House rejects compromise bill on border family separations

The House of Representatives on Wednesday soundly defeated a bill backed by House GOP leaders that would have offered a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants brought to America as children. "WIN!" he tweeted, even as he acknowledged the bill had no chance of getting enough Democratic votes to pass in the Senate.

No Democrats voted for the bill.

In his latest display of whiplash on the issue, Trump tweeted, "HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON'T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE". House Republican leaders initially planned to vote on both measures the same day, but postponed the vote in hopes of shoring up support.

The House could still vote as early as this week on a narrower measure that is still being developed and that would focus specifically on the family separations issue.

Last week, the House voted down a bill that would have cut legal immigration, cracked down on sanctuary cities and employers who hire undocumented workers, and increased border security.

The foundation of McMorris Rodger's bill could be a proposal introduced by Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, that would put aside a 1997 settlement in an immigration case that had the practical effect of requiring children to be released from detention after 20 days. "We see children taken from their parents, but we also see this massive influx of people coming into our country illegally, and there's nothing we can do to stop it", Lewandowski told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton on "Rising".

After a more conservative plan was voted down Thursday, lawmakers delayed the vote on the compromise legislation in an attempt to secure additional votes.

Sabraw, whose injunction contained exceptions for when parents were deemed unfit or a danger to their children, said the government rather than families had the "affirmative duty" to pursue reunifications.

It also shifts to a first-in-line visa system by eliminating the per-country cap on employment-based green cards and by increasing the cap on family-sponsored green cards from seven to 15 percent.

"In additional to two very bad bills, there was a power grab by the leadership to deprive the members of the house the use of the tool", Welch said. But in a new Twitter remark, Trump said he thought there was political gain for House Republicans to approve the wide-ranging bill.

Trump has issued an executive order reversing his own family separation policy, but around 2,000 children remain removed from relatives.

"I think the best solution is to be able to hold families in the safest, most humane ways possible while they await their hearings", Rubio said.

Speaking to reporters later in the Oval Office, the president said he told Republicans to "do what you want and ultimately we'll come to something, and perhaps it will be after the election, maybe it will be before". But he then said lawmakers from his Republican Party, which has a majority in Congress, should give up on it.

White House Legislative Director Marc Short said in a separate Fox News interview Wednesday that it was "important for us to show what we stand for" regardless of the vote's outcome.

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