Republicans aim to debate immigration bill next week, ignoring Trump plea

23 June, 2018, 17:25 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • House Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks to the media at the Capitol on Thursday

Majority Republicans in the House of Representative plan to hold a vote on an immigration bill next week, even though Trump urged them Friday to drop their efforts for now.

But House Republicans are moving forward as planned with efforts to pass immigration legislation, said Represenative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the majority whip.

"You're talking about young people who are experiencing traumas, going through the journey of migration, fleeing extreme violence, and are now being put in the worst possible situation", said Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the NY mayor's Office of Immigration Affairs.

"There are many more rooms full of women going through the same thing", she said. "This is the opportunity".

Unexpectedly, the House did not vote on the leadership's bill today. Why?

The compromise bill would allow immigrants who entered the US illegally as children to apply for a six-year, indefinitely renewable legal status, and it would appropriate $25 billion for border-security funding. In a series of tweets, Trump said, "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decades-old problem". Rather than be separated from his children, "I said, 'better that we head back to my country, '" said Castillo.

Another, Rep Lou Barletta, who is running for Senate in Pennsylvania, told Trump at the meeting he would have to remain a no vote for a bill that many conservatives consider to offer amnesty. "The Republican-controlled Congress, which waited for Trump to undo by unilateral decree the border folly they could have prevented by actually legislating, is an advertisement for the unimportance of Republican control". Ahead of voting on Thursday (Friday NZT), the results of the outreach were mixed. And then when they commit crimes, we're so surprised. "Perhaps, if we had done that on the first bill, we would have gotten to that sweet spot of 218 votes".

"Regarding the President, the bottom line is that he will sign the bill into law. But he hasn't done that yet, and so we're continuing to work without that". Instead, they serve as intermediaries, usually placing children with a parent, a close family member, a family friend, or, in rare cases, in a foster home within a month. The president is out of control, and Congress now provides no check on his powers.

And a government official said 500 of the 2,300 children separated under Mr Trump's policy had been reunited.

Approximately 2,300 children have been removed from their families since Mr Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy began in May, and housed in detention centres run by the Department of Health and Human Services.


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va, said he "absolutely" would continue the immigration push.

Serrano thought she was going to be able to get her sister-in-law released from detention Friday; she even bought her a Greyhound bus ticket to Maryland.

Mr Trump has faced global condemnation for the U.S. immigration policy that has seen more than 2,000 migrant children stripped from their families.

Laura Wilkerson, whose son was killed in 2010 by an undocumented immigrant, told audience members: "None of our kids had a minute to say goodbye".

Trump's decision to stop separating families, announced Wednesday after a fierce global outcry, has led to confusion and uncertainty along the border. But the deal fell apart later when the White House insisted on including other Trump priorities on immigration in the package.

A hardline proposal was defeated as expected, while a vote on a compromise between the party's conservative and moderate wings was pushed back to next week.

Congress could be forced to act on immigration regardless in the coming weeks.

Zenen Jaimes Perez of the Texas Civil Rights Project said immigrant families are still awaiting details from the administration on how parents and children are to be reunited. Several congressional aides, both Republican and Democrat, believe that such a modification is unlikely and that only legislation can ultimately address the issue.

"Ultimately, the solution here needs to be through Congress", Sen.

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