President Trump brushes off immigration bill's defeat

Minnie Murray
June 30, 2018

Republicans failed to pass immigration reform on Wednesday, despite party dominance in government and a president elected on his vision to crackdown on illegal immigration, narrow legal entry and build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The measure would give some young immigrants a chance of citizenship, finance President Donald Trump's proposed border wall and bar the Homeland Security Department from taking children from immigrant families caught entering the USA illegally.

The bill, consideration of which was postponed twice, received only 121 votes for and 301 votes against, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

Conservative Republican Representative Mark Meadows said on Monday he expects an immigration bill to be offered in the House of Representatives on Tuesday will fail, but that it will be followed by legislation aimed at keeping immigrant families together at the Mexican border.

Most of the 36-member Texas delegation voted against the bill, including all the Democrats.

Andrew Roberts, the campaign manager of Love's Democratic opponent in November, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, said the congresswoman failed to deliver.

Senate Democrats and Republicans have been exploring possible legislation to ban the separation of immigrant children from their families and require rapid reunification of children taken from their parents under the zero-tolerance policy.

The compromise bill stemmed from negotiations over the last month between moderate and conservative Republicans that also led to a vote on a more conservative immigration bill last week sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that failed in a 193-231 vote.

House Republicans abandoned a GOP leadership-backed immigration bill Wednesday, the latest setback in the years-long intraparty war between Republicans on the polarizing issue.

Democrats and immigration activists said the vote proves that only a bipartisan compromise between Democrats and Republicans could become law.

Even though Trump's executive order called for an end to separating children from parents who cross the border illegally, lawmakers doubt it will stand in court.

Last week he even tweeted urging the House to "stop wasting their time" on an immigration bill until after the midterm elections. The bill would have diverted $25 billion to Donald's Folly and steeply decreased the number of immigrants the nation is willing to extend citizenship to.

No Democrats support it.

On Tuesday the president was handed an important - if largely symbolic - victory on another key plank of his migration policy as the Supreme Court voted to uphold his controversial travel ban targeting five Muslim-majority nations.

"This victory will be bring relief to all the parents and children who thought they may never see each other again", ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said in an email.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march in dozens of USA cities on Saturday to protest family separations carried out by the Trump administration, according to organizers.

But, the group continues to work and there is still no compromise legislation in the Senate. "We can give them 100 percent of what they wanted, and double it, they still wouldn't pass it".

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