Immigration reform stalls in House, as GOP-backed plan is shot down

Immigration reform stalls in House, as GOP-backed plan is shot down

Immigration reform stalls in House, as GOP-backed plan is shot down

Trump also chided Republican lawmakers for "wasting their time on immigration" while imploring them to wait until after the midterm elections in November when he hopes a "red wave" will take over the House and Senate. Dems are just playing games.

"Even if we get 100% Republican votes in the Senate, we need 10 Democrat votes to get a much needed Immigration Bill", he said.

He said Republicans should cease efforts to push comprehensive immigration legislation through Congress and focus instead on winning mid-term elections in November.

President Donald Trump told Republicans he supported both House Republican immigration bills.

Some conservative House Republicans bucked their party's leaders Thursday and joined Democrats to kill a GOP-backed immigration reform bill, dimming chances that any reform bill will pass the House.

But House Republicans are moving forward as planned with efforts to pass immigration legislation, said Represenative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the majority whip. But, after the first vote series of the day Thursday, it became clear that rank-and-file members were a mix of confused and uncomfortable with what they knew about the compromise bill.

Earlier Thursday, by a vote of 193 to 231, the House defeated the Securing Americas Future Act of 2018, with 42 Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, not supporting the measure.

The bill would also require the government to separate fewer migrant children from parents when they are detained and finance Trump's proposed wall with Mexico. What it suggests is that kids have been separated from their families for months as Donald Trump and the Republican Party works on an advantageous immigration bill for them.

While the U.S. leader bowed to global outrage over the splitting of families, government agencies were unable to say what would happen to the children already sent to tent camps and other facilities around the country while their parents were charged with immigration offenses.

The children have been housed together in fenced cells until the United States courts decide the fate of their families. One of President Trump's latest set of tweets, however, puts the onus on the Democrats once again.

Justice officials shot back, maintaining that the department has made no changes to its hard-line stance on illegal border crossings as it continues to receive referrals for prosecutions from Customs and Border Protection agents.

Rather than be separated from his children, "I said, 'better that we head back to my country, '" said Castillo.

As of Friday, the proposal was scheduled for a vote next week, although it already appeared to be unlikely to pass, largely because of divisions within the GOP. The roll calls would let Republicans assert to voters that they tried addressing the immigration problem.

The delayed vote was on a so-called compromise bill between GOP moderates and conservatives that would offer some Dreamers a pathway to citizenship and provide $25 billion for Trump's border wall, among other things. Some parents said they didn't even know where their children were.

And a government official said 500 of the 2,300 children separated under Mr Trump's policy had been reunited.

At the same time, the pentagon is examining the possibility of using military bases to house up to 20,000 children who cross into the themselves. "You hear like they are better people than what we have, than our citizens, it is not true", he said.

Trump incorrectly suggested that the illegal immigrant population is more risky than U.S. citizens.

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