Trump addresses illegal immigration, crime

23 June, 2018, 17:25 | Author: Donnie King
  • House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide

Dems are doing nothing but Obstructing.

"What is the objective of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms)", Trump wrote.

Indefinite detentions run afoul of the so-called Flores settlement, a 1997 agreement that has been interpreted by courts as meaning children can not be detained for more than 20 days.

Even if the House Republicans approve a bill, it faces nearly certain defeat in the upper chamber, where the Republicans also hold a majority but where Democrats hold enough seats to prevent the GOP from reaching the 60 votes needed for passage.

Trump's tweet on immigration legislation was the latest example of his abrupt reversals on issues, to the dismay of Republicans who crave his backing as a seal of approval for conservative voters.

Trump had travelled to Capitol Hill as recently as Tuesday to sell GOP lawmakers on embracing immigration bills pushed by House leadership and to take action to halt the separation of migrant families at the border. He said if Republicans can't get it done, "you end up looking like the gang that can't shoot straight".

Amodei was one of 23 Republicans who signed the discharge petition, which fell two votes short of the number needed to force a vote.

The Trump Administration created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime. His order seemed to stem some of the urgency for Congress to act.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November", Trump tweeted.

Even before votes began, Trump complicated GOP efforts to round up votes.

A seven-year-old boy and his migrant mother separated a month ago were reunited on Friday after she sued in federal court, and the Justice Department agreed to release the child. It wasn't expected to pass and he wanted to have the vote and move on.

Immigrants who remained locked up and separated from their families struggled to get in touch with children being held in many cases hundreds of miles away. "It won't be easy".

The bill - which failed on a 193-231 vote - would not have provided DACA recipients a path to citizenship.

The rejected compromise bill would have granted no pathway to citizenship for young "Dreamers" who arrived in the country illegally as children, curbed legal immigration and bolstered border security.

In abandoning the compromise bill and delaying a vote until after the elections, Trump risks losing $US23 billion in funding for border security included in the proposal, some of which would go toward building the wall.

Durbin and Diaz also called on Congress to remedy the situation by passing comprehensive immigration reform that prioritizes keeping families together and makes it easier for immigrants seeking asylum at the southern border.

"It's sickening that certain members of the media have chosen to attack our president. and Border Patrol agents and describe us as Nazis". They can also apply for the merit-based visa program without going to their home country first.

There were also signs that the administration is dialing back, for now at least, its "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting all adults caught crossing into the US illegally. But the judiciary has ruled that the government can not do that for longer than 20 days.

The original photo of the girl - taken June 12 near McAllen by photographer John Moore of Getty Images - quickly became symbolic of the family separation crisis.

Mr. Will claimed the "most telegenic example" of a need to oust Republicans exists with the administration's "zero tolerance" policy regarding illegal immigrants along the US southern border.

He went onto claim House Speaker Paul Ryan "sold his soul ... for a tax cut" and that Mr. Trump was a like a "king" who "attracts, and is attracted to, louts".

In the House, moderate Republicans forced the immigration debate to the fore by threatening to use a rare procedure to demand a vote.

Despite Mr Trump's stance, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the chamber would press ahead on legislation next week. The status of the so-called Dreamers has been in limbo since federal courts blocked Trump's attempts previous year to rescind a temporary deportation-relief program.



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