White House Now Says Trump Will Support 'Moderate' Immigration Bill

17 June, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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"Until we know exactly where he's (Trump) at and his concerns have been satisfied, I think things will be on hold", said veteran Republican Representative Tom Cole.

Democrats are expected to solidly oppose both GOP bills, giving Republicans little leeway for losing support.

Trump indicated his opposition to the bill during an impromptu appearance on "Fox & Friends", which was being aired on the White House lawn. "He would sign either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills". Speaking Thursday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sessions pointed to a verse in the Book of Romans on obeying the laws of government, saying, "God has ordained them for the goal of order". "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?"

Yet for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the idea of crying children torn from their parents' arms was simply too inhumane - and too politically perilous - to embrace as policy, and Trump, though he had made an immigration crackdown one of the central issues of his campaign, succumbed to the same reality, publicly dropping the idea after Kelly's comments touched off a swift backlash.

The official, who was not authorised to discuss internal conversations by name, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A draft of a Republican bill in the House presented to lawmakers on Thursday proposes a solution to the situation by allowing children to be kept in detention with their parents - overturning the 1997 Flores agreement that prevents illegal immigrant children from being held in custody for long periods.

President Donald Trump, after a day of confusing Republicans and Democrats alike, retweeted a White House tweet Saturday that said Americans need to demand immigration legislation to protect the nation from the notorious MS-13 crime gang.

Rep. Patrick McHenry is the House GOP's second-ranking vote counter.


"House Republicans are not going to take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump", McHenry said. Those items are included in the middle-ground package.

"Trump is literally holding children hostage to get his unpopular border wall", she writes. 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.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel. His comment deals an apparent damaging blow to GOP lawmakers hoping to push legislation through the House next week.

The more conservative measure would include reductions to legal immigration, among other measures. Only the compromise measure offers a chance at citizenship for young immigrants who arrived in the US illegally as children. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., or "something more moderate", and asked whether he'd sign "either one".

He also says he needs money to build a wall with Mexico.

Both bills, which are still undergoing changes, contain provisions aimed at helping young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, often called Dreamers.

Trump's words are causing confusion among GOP leaders, who have said Trump backs the compromise.

The separation of parents and their children at the U.S. -Mexico border is the byproduct of a new Trump administration policy to criminally prosecute immigrants who cross the border - thus separating parents from their kids when they are taken into custody. "That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible", said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. He also blamed the Democrats for the splitting up of families, even though the practice was introduced by Trump's own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

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