Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump says he won’t sign ‘moderate’ immigration bill in GOP setback

Trump says he won’t sign ‘moderate’ immigration bill in GOP setback

Trump will meet with House Republicans next week to discuss the issue just days after his comments during an impromptu Fox News interview on the White House driveway almost derailed the planned House vote, according to a House GOP official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans ahead of an official announcement.

"This bill hardly fulfills President Trump's bold promise to fix immigration, and sure isn't a winning message for the GOP in the midterms", Hauman said.

Before the on-the-record statement, the White House official told CNN on Friday after the tweet that Trump did indeed support the House compromise immigration bill, despite saying otherwise in the morning.

Only the compromise bill would open a door to citizenship for "Dreamers", the young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, and reduce the separation of children from their parents when families are detained crossing the border - a practice that has drawn bipartisan condemnation in recent days. "I have to have that".

"It's vintage Donald Trump to be unpredictable", said North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Ryan put down a rebellion in his own caucus and headed off a clean DACA authorization that nearly succeeded in coming to the floor via a discharge petition, promising to allow both groups to craft their own bills for floor votes.

During an impromptu appearance on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" Friday morning, Trump shot down the Republican plan that took weeks of work and almost overhauled the House floor schedule with a discharge petition.

"The president fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", said Raj Shah, principal deputy press secretary at the White House.

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. But they were unable to muster enough support on a discharge petition, a procedural effort to force a vote.

He says would sign a more conservative version "or the leadership bills".

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Saddling the debate is mounting public outrage from both sides of the aisle over families being ripped apart at the border.

The bill would also for the first time put into law a time frame for how long cities, counties and states should hold prisoners at ICE's request - up to 96 hours past their scheduled release. "I think it's a awful election point".

The senator's bill would add more federal immigration judges, authorize new temporary shelters to house migrant families, speed the processing of asylum cases and require that families that cross the border illegally be kept together, absent criminal conduct or threats to the welfare of any children.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has said that Trump backs the emerging immigration compromise between the party's battling conservative and moderate wings.

A CNN poll released later Monday showed a similar stark trend: 67 percent of Americans disapproved of the Trump administration's policy, but 58 percent of Republicans approve of it.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a moderate Republican from Florida, told reporters that he was confident Trump would sign the legislation.

Conservatives have been demanding beefed up border security and stronger internal enforcement, while moderates are seeking legal protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the children. No law requires separation of family members.

Before the meeting, some Republicans were skittish that the President could thwart the hard-fought compromise bill with a random tweet or off-the-cuff comment. "But there's no way the Senate will pass either one - indeed, not much chance the House will", the editorial board wrote. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border", he said.

"Our members felt very, very passionate about having votes on policies they care about, and that is what we are doing", he said. It beefs up border security, clamps down on illegal entries and reinforces other immigration laws. It had been one of those things where they were fighting between Republicans and Democrats, and this moves it into a space where it is squarely a fight between Republicans about what an immigration bill should do.

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