Won't sign 'moderate' immigration bill in GOP setback

Pauline Gross
June 16, 2018

"I certainly won't sign the more moderate one", Trump said Friday. Pelosi, along with other Democratic leaders like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), have failed to offer a good enough alternative to President Trump, Higgins said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has said that Trump backs the emerging immigration compromise between the party's battling conservative and moderate wings. Leaders released a schedule for next week that included "possible consideration" of immigration legislation. "If you're a Republican and you're facing a challenging political environment and the president who is very popular in your district, not mine, says that he's against this bill, why in the world would you vote in favor of it?"

"Clearly he didn't read the bill", Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a moderate who had tried to force a vote on a bipartisan immigration reform bill, told reporters.

"This administration has made it clear that we are not going to ignore the law any longer", the official said.

"The President has actually called on Democrats in Congress to fix those loopholes - the Democrats have failed to come to the table, failed to help this President close these loopholes and fix this problem", she said.

"That's not what I said. We believe, because of the court ruling, this will require legislative change", said Ryan.

The group backed down from that effort on Tuesday after Ryan convinced members that it would be harmful for the GOP-controlled House to pass an immigration bill supported mostly by Democrats.

A new Trump administration policy that refers everyone who has crossed the border illegally for prosecution has forced the separation of many migrant families, since children can't be detained in criminal jails alongside their parents.

Yet several key Trump administration officials support the family separation policy, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and senior adviser Stephen Miller, a vocal supporter of stricter immigration laws.

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The comment prompted widespread confusion on the Hill and jeopardized Republicans' plans for votes on both bills next week.

The Democrats have to change their law. Sanders to answer concerns over Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents at US border.

"I'm all for the athletes, I think it's great, I love athletics, I love sports, but they shouldn't get the politics involved", Trump said.

Children who arrive with their parents are being sent to temporary government shelters while their parents go through a legal process.

The current issue with separating children stems from Attorney General Jeff Sessions' insistence on a zero-tolerance policy of prosecuting people for violating immigration laws.

"And where are the Republicans?"

"I don't want them to move the benchmark to family detention", Lynum told ThinkProgress. "I seem them scared of the president's itchy trigger finger, and afraid to stand up to a bully because they are scared of losing their jobs".

A House GOP draft immigration bill includes visas for "Dreamers" and other immigrants, $25 billion for border wall.

"We do not separate breastfeeding children from their parents", the DHS official said. Children who win their case could stay in the U.S.in a sponsor's custody.

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