Trump, White House appear at odds over GOP immigration bill

Trump, White House appear at odds over GOP immigration bill

Trump, White House appear at odds over GOP immigration bill

If Trump backs it, that could propel the measure to passage.

House Republican leaders plan to whip support for the compromise measure later Friday.

President Donald Trump will meet with House Republicans next week to discuss immigration - just days after his off-the-cuff remarks on the issue threw the GOP's carefully-laid strategy into chaos. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose office enforces the "sanctuary state" law, said in a statement that "the long-awaited Republican moderates' push for a sensible solution for DACA Dreamers was a charade". It also happened following images and audio of children being detained in cages flashed across television sets, leading to widespread uproar.

Later Friday, Trump tweeted his demands on immigration.

GOP senators, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, said they were considering legislation that would keep migrant families together; provide additional judges so detained families would face shorter waiting periods; and provide facilities for the families to stay. Trump is to travel to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a strategy session on upcoming immigration legislation.

"These are laws that have been broken for many years, decades", Trump said.

"The President fully supports both the (Representative Bob) Goodlatte Bill and the House leadership Bill", said White House spokesman Raj Shah. The President misunderstood the question this morning on Fox News.

Former White House counselor Steve Bannon lobbied against the compromise in private meetings with House conservatives earlier this past week.

But the White House signaled it would oppose any narrow fix aimed exclusively at addressing the plight of children separated from their parents under the immigration crackdown.

"House Republicans are not going to take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump", McHenry said. Senate leaders are working through various proposals to find consensus as more and more Republicans are speaking out in sharp opposition to Trump.

No GOP senators, however, have signed on to the bill, which would need 60 votes to move forward. Both bills have that.

Margaret Peters, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that "given his rhetoric on this issue", the proposed change "feels like total political theater".

Mr. Trump told reporters Friday he's looking at both plans.

Indeed, they are getting pressure from the right. "We might as well get it right, or let's just keep it going".

A powerful conservative group, Heritage Action, also came out strongly against the bill -urging GOP lawmakers to vote no.

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Trump continued to falsely assert Friday that separating migrant families was a law spearheaded by Democrats.

Trump's comments about making "changes" were referencing the new provision on family separation, multiple sources told CNN.

The release of the draft bill Thursday was GOP leadership's effort to bridge the divide between those two camps.

On the Senate side, all 49 Senate Democrats have signed on to a bill from Sen.

Previously, border agents tried to keep families together by sending all members to the same family detention facility. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to halt family separations.

Dreamers is a term for a group of immigrants, mostly Hispanic, who were brought illegally over USA borders when they were children and have been living for years in limbo.

According to a new CNN poll, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the practice, while only 28% approve.

There are no limits on how many people can receive that legal immigration status, and critics said it would allow the DREAMers - after they win USA citizenship - to petition for their parents to also become citizens.

Adding to the chaos was Trump's insistence on Fox News that any bill would need to include provisions like money for a border wall and tougher border enforcement. "Would you sign either one of those?" "[Detaining families together] is an option, and if somebody has a better one, we'd like to look at it". It is bad: "at least 2,000 children ripped from their parents' arms, sometimes literally, in just the first six weeks", the editorial board wrote.

Conservatives are leery of legislation protecting from deportation immigrants who arrived illegally, calling it amnesty. You put them behind bars?

"No, I am not" comfortable with it, he told reporters. "No, we don't think that's an alternative". "We should focus on that", Goodlatte argued, saying he supported setting aside his own bill to do so.

Protesters gathered in more than a dozen states - including California, Texas, Michigan and NY - on Thursday to bring attention to what organizers say is the administration's "cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers".

"For this administration to pose as people of faith, and pose as people who care about family and children, is a height of hypocrisy that knows no bounds", Pelosi said.

"Sounds like it will be a no from me", said Democratic Representative Jose Serrano of NY after hearing the details.

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