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Republican seeks to force Trump to reunite immigrant families his policies separated

25 June 2018

The first bill would have provided almost $25 billion for a border wall, made steep cuts to legal immigration programs, and provided temporary legal status for young people brought into the country as children.

They clashed in the early months of Trump's presidency over a proposed healthcare revamp, but now get along well, with both wanting to maintain Republican control over the U.S. Senate in the November congressional elections in which Democrats are projected to make gains.

At a White House meeting this week with some two dozen wayward Republicans who needed nudging on the immigration bill, one lawmaker directly asked the president if he would reverse course on it the way he did when he threatened to veto the budget deal, according to two Republicans familiar with the private exchange.

Trump made the remarks on Friday in an auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House, where he presided over an event with "Angel Families" - those who have had relatives killed by people who have entered the country illegally.

"They say the president is still 100 percent behind us". "Really good policy in that bill, but our objective is not just to have good policy in a bill, it's to pass a bill and ultimately to get a bill on President Trump's desk that he will sign".

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The House of Representatives rejected a conservative immigration proposal Thursday and has delayed a planned vote on a compromise version until Friday.

"Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world", Trump said on Twitter.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that the administration would stop prosecuting migrant parents who cross the border illegally with children until immigration authorities have the resources that would allow them to be held in custody, citing a senior US Customs and Border Protection official.

The House Republican immigration overhaul is dangling precariously.

Lance was the only New Jersey Republican to buck House GOP leadership and sign a petition to force votes on bipartisan immigration legislation that strengthened border security and offered a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants brought to the children, the so-called dreamers. "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem". Several conservatives have said they won't vote for it and predicted it can't pass. And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte says he will "absolutely" keep pushing the legislation because GOP lawmakers want to continue.

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"This is going to be a fight and certainly we're going to work like we're 10 points down as we do every day, but for the bedwetters out there who are claiming that all hope is loss I would encourage them to actually look at the data", he said.

Republican leaders have struggled to rally support for a broad bill created to unite GOP moderates and conservatives, postponing a vote twice in the face of opposition. "We're going to have a safe country".

"We think if we could do that with the Central American population that would go a long ways to providing - disincentiving these smugglers and cartels and traffickers from bringing the kids up in the first place", said McCaul.

It came a day after Trump - in a stunning about-face - moved to end the practice of splitting migrant families after they cross into the United States from Mexico.

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Republican seeks to force Trump to reunite immigrant families his policies separated