Trump urges Republican lawmakers to drop immigration effort

Devin Lawrence
June 26, 2018

Republican leaders delayed a vote Thursday on what was billed as a compromise measure to fund border security and address legal status for young immigrants brought to the USA unlawfully as children, as they try to win more support for the bill. "We will secure our borders, and we will make sure that they're properly taken care of".

Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump's next tweet and fear of riling conservative voters is undermining GOP leaders' election-year struggle to shove an immigration bill through the House this week.

"It's devastating because I already know when I meet them for the first time and they start telling me that they are this parent that I'm not gonna have the answers that they want in any time that they should have", said attorney Erik A. Henshaw, who works in the Western District of Texas in El Paso. Parents were jailed and children were taken to government-contracted shelters.

He accused Democrats of not truly wanting to solve the border crisis.

Trump did not directly address the weeks-long controversy over his administration's policy - ended by executive order on Wednesday - of separating children from their parents at he border.

House GOP leaders, having blocked an effort by more moderate Republicans and Democrats to bring a bipartisan immigration bill to the floor, have been scrambling to gin up enough support for their own bill created to bridge the gap between member of their own party.

In another tweet Friday, Trump backed off calling on Congress to act on immigration, telling Republicans not to be "wasting their time" trying to pass legislation before the November midterms.

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"There would be many red-state Democrats that are going to look at the polls in their own states and say, 'if the issue is just the families, we should be addressing this through legislation, '" Continetti said. "We can not allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections", Trump wrote.

In a private meeting late yesterday, party leaders said they would add provisions to the bill in hopes of rounding up the support they need. Nor did Trump differentiate between illegal immigrants and people who entered the United States to seek asylum protection.

Instead, Trump has blamed the Democrats for refusing to acquiesce to his demands on immigration.

"Game over", said Representative Mark Sanford, a Republican critic of Trump who came under withering attack from the president before losing his primary race this month.

McCaul is suggesting Congress may need to pass a "skinny" immigration bill dealing with family separation if the more wide-ranging version fails. In one tweet, he used the loaded term "infest" to reference the influx of immigrants entering the country illegally.

His proposal drew immediate criticism from legal analysts and immigrant rights advocates who said it would violate the U.S. Constitution's due process provision, which applies to citizens and non-citizens alike.

But the Navy has not so far been asked to provide accommodation for migrants who have entered USA illegally, and the official, who asked not to be named, stressed that the draft memo, which looks at setting up housing on Navy airfields in Alabama, was for planning purposes only.

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