Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Protests, facility visits planned amid immigration confusion

Protests, facility visits planned amid immigration confusion

On Thursday, divided congressional Republicans failed to pass one immigration reform Bill, and a second proposal that includes language ending family separations was put off until next week.

Lilian Merida-Galicia and her seven-year-old daughter were apprehended after crossing the US-Mexico border in Arizona and separated by US officials in mid-May.

Trump signaled the more conservative bill's grim fate when he tweeted earlier Thursday: "What is the goal of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms)".

"Everybody is sensitive to what the president is saying", said Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., who's undecided on the immigration measure.

ICE detention for migrants involve moving from foster-care type detention facilities with other children into more secure adult detention centers that resemble jails.

He accused Democrats of not truly wanting to solve the border crisis.

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.

On Friday, President Donald Trump said that a "red wave" is needed for a robust immigration bill to successfully pass in Congress, adding that Democrats "won't give votes for political reasons".

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Hours later Republican leaders postponed final voting on what was billed as a compromise immigration package until next week as negotiators made a last-ditch push for support.

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said Wednesday that President Donald Trump and Republicans have not lost leverage on immigration if they take steps to keep families at the border intact. "I'm not gonna be able to tell them right then and there, 'Don't worry, we'll find your little boy, we'll find your little girl.' I have to tell them honestly I don't know if and when we're going to find them".

Despite Mr Trump's stance, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the chamber would press ahead on legislation next week.

Demonstrators led rallies and protests Saturday to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by USA border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers said they aren't convinced the Trump administration has any real plan to reunite them. President Trump changed half-heartedly his new policy but he remains the President.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched the VOICE Office in April 2017, following an Executive Order by the President calling for its creation, he said.

Trump tweets Sunday that the US immigration system is "laughed at all over the world" and is "very unfair" to individuals using legal avenues to gain entry. They also downplayed the potential impact of Trump's tweet.

But the Navy has not so far been asked to provide accommodation for migrants who have entered USA illegally, and the official, who asked not to be named, stressed that the draft memo, which looks at setting up housing on Navy airfields in Alabama, was for planning purposes only. At criminal court hearings in McAllen, one lawyer identified parents separated from their children, and immigration attorney Jodi Goodwin said she followed up with them at a detention facility in Port Isabel, Texas, to collect information about their cases and their children.

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