Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump asks GOP to table immigration reform until after midterm elections

Trump asks GOP to table immigration reform until after midterm elections

"We are bringing that bill to the floor", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, referring to legislation that has been postponed because of a lack of support among warring factions of the Republican Party. It also preserves the largest chain migration categories, but does eliminate certain other categories. Friday, he asked Republicans to wait a few months and try again.

Trump reasoned that more Republicans would be elected to Congress in November, making it easier to pass the bill.

President Donald Trump has vowed to secure United States' global borders and prevent people from illegally entering America, and said that he wants only those based on merit to come inside the country, amid a major immigration row. "You heard it here on FOX Business", Meadows said during an exclusive interview on "After the Bell".

Moderate Republicans in the House forced the immigration debate to the fore by threatening to use a rare procedure known as a discharge petition to demand a vote on bipartisan legislation that did not include the president's full wall funding request.

The proposal, negotiated by moderate and conservative Republicans, would provide a citizenship path for the young unauthorised immigrants known as Dreamers and keep migrant families together when they are stopped at the border. The status of the so-called Dreamers has been in limbo since federal courts blocked Trump's attempts a year ago to rescind a temporary deportation-relief program.

As a result, the officials from Customs and Border Protection told White House and Justice Department officials that they have had to issue fewer prosecution referrals of adults with children despite the president's zero-tolerance policy.

Mr. Trump, who earlier this week bowed to public pressure and reversed the controversial migrant family separations policy, made the remarks while hosting family members of those killed by undocumented immigrants at an event at the White House on Friday.

The Mendez family has been waiting two weeks for U.S. officials to let them formally request asylum - a long wait that is pushing many to cross the border illegally, according to activists.

"Permanently separated", Trump said, seeking to cast a contrast between grieving families and the crisis on the border that has captured the nation's attention and prompted his administration to hastily craft an executive order.

That said, there is one narrow piece of immigration policy that Congress might actually be able to pass: namely, some measure that prevents immigration authorities from separating migrants from their children.

Since 2003, the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded almost $5 billion in grants through the the Office of Refugee Resettlement, mostly to religious and nonprofit organizations in 18 states, to house children who arrive in the country unaccompanied. "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem".

"I don't know if I'll find them during their case".

Trump last week upended Republican efforts to negotiate the compromise bill, saying he would not support it. Hours after throwing the House GOP caucus into turmoil, the White House issued a statement saying, in effect, that the president had been confused.

When President Barack Obama tried to house children in detention centres during an influx of youngsters in 2014, his policy was deemed illegal by a judge in California - and any indefinite stays will likely lead to legal challenges for Mr Trump, too.

"We can not allow our country to be overrun by illegal immigrants, " he tweeted.

While Trump has backed away from taking children away from their parents, it is not clear how his administration will handle immigration cases on the border going forward.

"What the president just signaled is, 'I'm not going to be there.' And therefore I think people will take the cue", Sanford said. The Speaker has vowed not to allow a vote on any legislation that a majority of House Republicans oppose.

Senate leaders from both parties also have expressed little support for the House's approach.

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