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House won't take on immigration without Trump's support, after Trump expresses doubts

19 June, 2018, 20:29 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • GOP Drafts Bill Overturning Policy of Separating Families at Border

There are only two things we can do in this situation, we can release the entire family unit or we can separate them. He defended the policy shift in his remarks on Thursday.

Why not just fix the problem with new legislation? But only the compromise measure gives young immigrants who arrived in the USA illegally as children a chance to ultimately become citizens. That has led to a public outcry as stories of children being ripped from their parents' arms fill headlines. "We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress", she said, calling on Congress to reform immigration laws.

Curbelo called the separation policy "a tragedy" on Twitter over the weekend, and referenced former President Barack Obama's policy of detaining families and unaccompanied minors. The settlement does not require the government to separate families who arrive together, and previous administrations have not interpreted it that way. That's because the adult is at least temporarily placed in a detention facility, while current law says children have to be placed in the "least restrictive" setting.

In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled a "zero tolerance" policy.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, speaks to reporters after staging a eight-hour filibuster, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 7, 2018.

If House Republicans actually wanted to put a stop to the Trump administration's inhumane separation of immigrant families, they could both pressure Sessions to reverse his new policy or advance a standalone, one-sentence bill that ends the Justice Department's "zero tolerance" plan with no strings attached.

Trump said he was looking at the two Republican immigration bills set for a House vote next week. It's unclear whether the leadership's alternative can pass, either.

Although Amodei is leaning toward the compromise bill, he said both could be subject to change through amendments before the House votes.

The truth is that if we do nothing now to defend the humanity of the most vulnerable among us - the immigrants who form part of the life-blood of our nation - then we must face that separating breastfeeding mothers from their children has become not only the political reality in America but also our guiding moral compass. "We won't guarantee passage. I have to have that", he added. "I think it's a frightful election point".




Both the conservative and compromise bills would provide money for Trump's long-sought border wall with Mexico and other strict border security provisions. In exchange, it would offer legal status for people who came to the country illegally as children.

Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can apply for "6-year indefinitely renewable contingent nonimmigrant legal status", so long as they came to the USA before June 15, 2007 and were under age 31 when the program when the program began on June 15, 2012.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., praised the bill's "balanced approach" but said it required further study.

The draft text includes one of Trump's top priorities: cutting future legal immigration. He was commenting on the discharge petition/dreamers bill - not the new package. "But, they're certainly not going to use mothers nursing their babies as a draw".

The draft is one of two immigration proposals expected to be voted on in the House next week.

The bill would allow victims and their families to sue jurisdictions that don't comply with federal requests to hold an illegal immigrant for deportation if the person is released and later commits rape, murder or sexual assault.

On the Senate side, all 49 Senate Democrats have signed on to a bill from Sen.

A senior White House official said the tweet was created to signal his support. A White House official said the president had misunderstood the question, and later the White House issued a statement to clear up the confusion.

The bill would also curb the administration's policy of separating families when they are apprehended trying to cross the border illegally.

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