Trump says he won't sign House immigration compromise measure

19 June, 2018, 20:27 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Trump says he won't sign House immigration compromise measure

President Trump and the White House on Friday appeared to be at odds over whether the commander-in-chief does or does not support a GOP brokered moderate compromise immigration bill.

House Republican leaders had teed up action on two immigration measures: a hard-line draft written by Goodlatte and legislation billed as a compromise between the moderate and conservative factions of the GOP conference.

Trump indicated his opposition to the bill during an impromptu appearance on "Fox & Friends", which was being aired on the White House lawn.

Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., said the bills do little for Dreamers, "all the while Republicans have turned a blind eye to the children and families being ripped apart at the southern border thanks to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy". "I have to have that".

The House GOP whip team is expected to count votes for the compromise measure during a 6:30 p.m. vote series Tuesday.

President Trump continued to cast blame on Democrats, tweeting: "Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws?"

He made the comment Friday after Trump told reporters that he won't sign a "moderate" bill. Ryan put down a rebellion in his own caucus and headed off a clean DACA authorization that nearly succeeded in coming to the floor via a discharge petition, promising to allow both groups to craft their own bills for floor votes. Administration officials have said they need more money for detention beds to house the influx of immigrants resulting from the administration's "zero tolerance" policy of stepped-up border enforcement.

Bills that would have made similar cuts in legal immigration failed earlier this year in the Senate, suggesting that even if the proposed package gets through the House, it would have a hard path toward ultimate passage. "He would 100 percent sign either Goodlatte or the other bill". Under U.S. protocol, if parents are jailed, their children are separated from them because the children aren't charged with a crime.

But, as Splinter's Clio Chang observed, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his GOP colleagues are refusing to do so either, demonstrating clearly that they are "not against separating children from their parents".

"The president fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", said White House spokesman Raj Shah, adding that Trump would sign "either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills".

The plan includes $25 billion for a wall along the US-Mexico border and other security measures sought by the White House.

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A senior White House official said the tweet was created to signal his support.

Protesters outside the facility demanded authorities stop separating migrant children from their parents.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a moderate Republican from Florida, told reporters that he was confident Trump would sign the legislation.

GOP leaders have said they may take up the family detentions issue separately, if needed, as the crisis of children being separated from their parents continues.

Passage of the bill could alienate conservatives and depress turnout at a time when enthusiasm among Democrats is high. "Don't have the wall, there's no bill".

The administration is hoping to force Democrats to vote for the bills or bear some of the political cost in November's midterm elections.

Critics say family separation would still be possible because another agency could take parents being prosecuted into custody. "For far too long, children have been the greatest victims of our broken immigration system, with tens of thousands of children who were detained under the Obama Administration and continuing through today, and with far too many of those children facing horrific physical or sexual assault from criminal human traffickers", said Cruz in a statement.

She compared it to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, which she called "one of the most shameful episodes in United States history".

But the White House signaled it would oppose any narrow fix aimed exclusively at addressing the plight of children separated from their parents under the immigration crackdown.

Republican leaders this week announced a plan to vote on two immigration bills next week.

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