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Trump urges House to pass immigration bill on Wednesday

30 June, 2018, 02:37 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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"Win!" Trump said in a tweet.

"That's why I don't get overly excited with the House bill right now because it's not going to pass in the Senate", he said.

Trump was indecisive about supporting any legislation. According to GovTrack, 112 Republicans denied the measure.

The tally also seemed to empower GOP conservatives on the fraught issue.

The House of Representatives failed to pass an immigration overhaul backed by Republican leadership on Wednesday, the second time in less than a week lawmakers have rejected a GOP immigration proposal.

And he criticized the idea of hiring additional immigration judges to handle huge backlogs of such cases - even though congressional Republicans have proposed just that. Congress didn't pass a bill that President Trump could even veto or sign. Democrats also opposed the vote because the bill would have sharply decreased the number of legal immigrants accepted into the country. People must simply be stopped at the Border and told they can not come into the US illegally. "Will we step up to be the country that allowed me, as a young boy, to find safety with my mother and father?"

"I don't like the fact that was raised as a possibility in some ways that would undermine our effort", Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican who represents a diverse district, said in reference to a more narrow bill.

There will likely be one more attempt to pass legislation to keep migrant families together at the southern border, though the summer recess is fast approaching.




Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said Thursday that he wanted that conservative bill - written by Rep.

Both were presented to the House of Representatives by Rep.

But lawmakers will likely find it hard to flip votes in response to Trump's last-minute tweet in support of the bill, especially as many representatives have already announced how they will vote to their constituents.

Immigration has always been among the most intractable issues in American politics, with Congress repeatedly failing to pass comprehensive reform.

President Trump, who had sagely advised his party not to waste time on immigration legislation given the absence of support by Democrats, came out in favor of the bill a few hours before the vote. And rather than achieving middle ground, leaders' efforts have largely underscored how irreconcilably divided the GOP is on the topic. Those conservatives expressed concern it might provide amnesty for undocumented immigrants and let parents of "Dreamers" secure citizenship through their kids.

"It did not go far enough to close the biggest loopholes that are driving our immigration crisis - eliminating chain migration and cutting off the employment magnet for illegal immigrants by mandating use of E-Verify", said Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock. "Unfortunately, many who voted against the bill ... were more concerned with politics than people and policy", Love said in a statement. Confident that they will always be able to blame Republicans for the plight of illegal aliens, Democrats are happy to sit back and watch the situation become worse, steadfastly ignoring the humanitarian catastrophe of mass illegal immigration.

But GOP aides said Republicans had yet to agree on bill language.

The Senate is trying craft bipartisan legislation keeping families together.

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