Trump will meet with House GOP Tuesday to discuss immigration
- Norman Tucker
Lawmakers in both the House and the Senate have also been introducing their own standalone proposals on family separation in case the two immigration bills fail.
Democrats have been left out of the negotiations, and the bill, a draft of which was released Thursday, contains some provisions they consider unacceptable.
President Donald Trump won't take responsibility for the consequences of an immigration policy that is separating children from parents who are arrested for illegally crossing the U.S. -Mexico border.
"I've visited the family prisons, and they're outrageous", said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration. Trump is to travel to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a strategy session on upcoming immigration legislation.
"What we saw here today was heartbreaking", Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey said after he emerged from the ICE facility in his state.
The push toward immigration votes in the House is intensifying the divide among Republicans on one of the party's most animating issues and fueling concerns that a voter backlash could cost the GOP control of the House in November.
Trump had said in the interview with "Fox & Friends" Friday that he was looking at two House immigration bills, but that he "certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one".
The official, who was not authorized to discuss internal conversations by name, spoke on the condition of anonymity.
"This bill is an amnesty for the parents of DACAs as well", said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports restricting immigration.
At a White House briefing Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declared, "Congress alone can fix it".
"He would sign either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills", Deputy White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement. Those items are included in the middle-ground package. Trump wrote in a tweet that stopped short of explicitly endorsing the compromise plan.
"Our members felt very, very passionate about having votes on policies they care about, and that is what we are doing", he said. Leaders of the conservative bloc said they were waiting to see a final bill before weighing in. It's unclear whether the leadership's alternative can pass, either.
His opposition would be an embarrassing and likely fatal setback. Several religious groups, including some conservative ones, have pushed to stop the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. He suggested that plans for votes next week were being reconsidered. "If the process leads to a permanent solution, as outlined by the president, then we would support it", Sanders said.
The comment prompted widespread confusion on the Hill as top congressional Republicans struggled to understand why the president would oppose a bill that would achieve his top objectives on immigration and that his team had helped craft. "Listen, you're taking one comment that the president said that he preferred a more conservative bill".
Local sanctuary jurisdictions said they'd stand up to the bill. It prohibits the separation of undocumented families.
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Migrant advocates announced they would rally outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix on Monday afternoon to protest the policy. The Department of Health and Human Services said there are now 11,700 children under its care in 100 shelters across 17 states.
The politics of the immigration debate have grown more heated since the administration adopted a "zero tolerance" approach at the Southern border.
Under the second bill, if funding for certain border security provisions is rescinded, the protections for the DACA population would also be rescinded.
It would include a legal fix for the so-called Dreamers, young people who came to this country illegally as children.
That repeats pledges of action that Ryan has consistently made - both after President Trump's election, following a campaign where he promised to crack down on illegal immigration, and later after Trump moved to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protected young undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. Mr. Trump has terminated that program, though federal courts have temporarily kept it functioning. Those immigrants would get legal status to protect them while they wait in the existing citizenship queue.
The latest version of the conservative bill would extend DACA protections for renewable six-year periods.
Politico obtained a working draft of the bill.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, a DHS official who declined to be identified said that almost 2,000 children had been separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31.
"The Democrats forced that law upon our nation".
But it is the Trump administration's decision to criminally prosecute parents crossing the border illegally, thus landing them in jail, that ultimately results in the separation. He says leaders are seeking "clarity" from the White House.
During a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Thursday, Sessions said, "That is what the law calls for - and that is what we are going to do".
This settlement does not require parents to be separated, though.
"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", Trump declared. "I will tell you that nobody likes this policy".
Trump's repeated, but nonspecific references to a Democratic law appear to involve one enacted in 2008. The Democrats have to change their law.
"That's the law and that's what the Democrats gave us and we're willing to change it today if they want to get in and negotiate but they just don't want to negotiate".
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