Trump hits GOP immigration bill, then seems to warm to it

Geneva Stokes
June 20, 2018

Steve Doocy, the Fox interviewer, asked about both bills, referring to one as the Goodlatte bill, sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and the other as a more "moderate" bill.

Trump clouded the issue last Friday when he said he would not sign the compromise bill.

Curated from White House says Trump backs GOP immigration bills, despite comments opposing them.

Only the compromise bill would open a door to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the USA 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. "I have to have that".

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the GOP's No. 2 vote counter, told reporters that leaders were seeking "clarity" from the White House after Trump made his comments on Fox. Ryan put down a rebellion in his own caucus and headed off a clean DACA authorization that nearly succeeded in coming to the floor via a discharge petition, promising to allow both groups to craft their own bills for floor votes.

On Friday morning, Trump said he was looking at the two Republican immigration bills set for a House vote next week.

"He would sign either the Goodlatte or the leadership Bills".

Bills that would have made similar cuts in legal immigration failed earlier this year in the Senate, suggesting that even if the proposed package gets through the House, it would have a hard path toward ultimate passage. "He would sign either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement. It does not call for family separation.

The House is scheduled to vote on the two bills later this week.

"I don't think we should have to choose between enforcing the law and keeping families together", Cornyn said.

Each immigration bill being considered next week is aimed at satisfying a different ideological wing of the Republican Party, and it is unclear whether either has the votes to pass the House. And it does not end family separation at the southwest border, as various lawmakers and media outlets contend.

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To many conservatives, the compromise immigration proposal released this past week by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is little more than "amnesty".

- Program would cover 1.8 million people protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, or those who are eligible for it. DACA covers many younger people who arrived in US before June 15, 2007. "I think he was responding to the word 'moderate.' Everything he said about his concerns are all in that bill".

"In order to fix this problem you can't fix all the problems", he told reporters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the Senate would consider a House-passed bill that the president supports.

The compromise bill would end the practice of separating families at the border and provide legal protections to so-called Dreamers, immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children, including a pathway to citizenship for at least some of them.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement frequently asks cities or counties to detain prisoners after they have served their sentences so they can be picked up for deportation, and many do so.

But Ryan offered no guarantees that the House will pass a bill that ends a policy that has drawn widespread criticism from lawmakers, human rights groups and U.S. Catholic bishops.

"We don't want kids to be separated from their parents", Ryan said. The settlement does not require the government to separate families who arrive together, and previous administrations have not interpreted it that way.

CORNISH: And the White House knew this.

The result will be either nothing passes, or the fraudulent "compromise" - created to give some endangered House Republicans phony talking points in the fall - squeaks through. The GOP measure was the result of weeks of closed-door negotiations between two warring GOP factions divided over immigration. "The compromise bill would halt the separation of immigrant families" says another Bloomberg article. The alternative partisan measure would provide limited protection for Dreamers, though not as much as the Hurd-Aguilar proposal, and curb, but not end, some of the most tragic aspects of the treatment of children at the border - though some immigration advocates question if it would even do that.

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