Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump To Meet With House GOP Over Immigration Bills

Trump To Meet With House GOP Over Immigration Bills

Anything short of that will get a pass from the White House, a point on which Trump has been exceedingly clear for months now. "He would 100 percent sign either Goodlatte or the other bill". The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to address the matter publicly by name. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., or "something more moderate", and asked whether he'd sign "either one".

The confusion engulfed the House chamber during the last vote series of the week and was emblematic of an exercise that members have managed before during tax revisions and health care where Trump famously held a celebration of an Obamacare repeal bill in the White House Rose Garden only to turn around and call the bill "mean" later.

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

Later this week: The House votes on the two GOP-immigration bills.

Trump tweeted out an immigration message Friday afternoon that appeared to signal support for the compromise measure, while attempting to blame Democrats for his administration's change in policy that has led to an increased number of family separations at the border.

The other is a conservative Republican measure that would sharply reduce legal immigration, build a wall on the Mexican border and deny Dreamers the chance of citizenship. The administration is looking for ways to unwind DACA while navigating lower-court rulings that keep it in place mainly to increase pressure on Democrats to take that deal, but until then, Trump sees a tough stand on the issue as a net victor for himself.

The furore over the separation policy seemed to grow even as Mr Trump planned to meet House Republicans today in advance of voting on immigration legislation that has divided his party. While the compromise legislation is the closest lawmakers have been in years to pushing forward, it's unclear if it will have enough votes.

Republicans have produced a hard-right immigration measure and a separate package negotiated by the party's battling moderates and conservatives.

Trump administration adopts border policy previously spurned as inhumane
There has been no information on the age of the separated children. Mr McCaul said both bills satisfy Mr Trump's main objectives. The Democrats have to change their law.

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.

Only the compromise bill would open a door to citizenship for "Dreamers", the young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. 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.

"The president fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", said White House spokesman Raj Shah, adding that Trump would sign "either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills".

Skittish conservative lawmakers have indicated there's little chance they would support the current plan unless Trump were to give it a full embrace.

The official also said that congressional leadership had reached out to the White House to express their unhappiness with the President's comments.

"Family separations are due to the Trump administration's new zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, which necessitates locking up parents separately so they can be criminally prosecuted", Foley explains.

Bad news for Paul Ryan and his hopes of pulling together both moderates and conservatives, but not entirely a surprise either.

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