Trump to talk immigration with House Republicans on Tuesday

Minnie Murray
June 20, 2018

Trump was also critical of the GOP's deficit-raising budget bill, almost threatening to veto it over its increased spending, putting his legislative staff in a bind on a measure they'd helped draft.

Despite their policy clashes, both Republican factions have been eager for the votes to be held as a way to show constituents where they stand. In addition, party leaders want to move on from an issue that divides the GOP, complicating their effort to retain House control in November's elections.

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

Many have viewed Mr. Trump's support as crucial if the compromise measure is to pass.

His opposition would be an embarrassing and likely fatal setback.

If local law enforcement officials did not comply with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement request to hold an immigrant who is in the country illegally, and that immigrant was released and later commited rape, murder or sexual assault of a minor, the victim or the victim's family would be allowed to sue the jurisdiction, according to a draft of the bill released Thursday.

Ted Cruz of Texas introduced legislation that the White House said it was reviewing, and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus, also introduced a measure. The plan scuttled a petition by Curbelo that would have forced a series of immigration votes with the support of Democrats. House Republicans had been working with top White House aides including Marc Short and Stephen Miller to ensure the president's support in the event it reached his desk. Both bills have that.

The new visa program, which is also available to other immigrants - including what lawmakers said is about 200,000 children who were brought to the US legally by their parents - is contingent on the $25 billion in border security funding being fully provided.

Republican legislators are coming under increasing pressure - even from some within their own party and their allies - to find a way to end the practice of separating children from their parents.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says a Trump administration policy that separates children from their parents at the southern border is "barbaric" and has to stop.

House GOP leaders are revising their legislation amid a public outcry over the administration's "zero tolerance" approach to illegal crossings. Each contains other strict border security provisions, and would end a visa lottery and tighten rules that let US citizens sponsor relatives for legal status.

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.

Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can apply for "6-year indefinitely renewable contingent nonimmigrant legal status", so long as they came to the US before June 15, 2007 and were under age 31 when the program when the program began on June 15, 2012.

The latest version of the conservative bill would extend DACA protections for renewable six-year periods. Some focused on the failure of the bill to limit the ability of adult US citizens to apply for green cards for their parents.

This administration is sanctioning the separation of children from parents by border security, leaving small children isolated and scared. "If you notice when I came over, they were all saying about 'separating the families, ' and that's a Democrat bill".

Administration officials said they do not like the family separations either - calling it the result of legal loopholes - but insist migrants who arrive illegally simply won't be released or loosely kept track of. But the administration has unsuccessfully pushed to overhaul President Barack Obama's health care law and has struggled to develop compromise legislation on immigration.

There is no federal law that requires family separation.

Under the policy rolled out in April by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, anyone who crosses into the United States illegally will face criminal prosecution. It is one of the rare instances where Republican leaders in Congress have been willing to publicly rebuke the president on policy and actively consider legislation to oppose him.

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