Republicans Unveil DACA Citizenship-Border Wall Compromise Bill

Republicans Unveil DACA Citizenship-Border Wall Compromise Bill

Republicans Unveil DACA Citizenship-Border Wall Compromise Bill

Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., or "something more moderate", and asked whether he'd sign "either one".

Trump was asked on "Fox and Friends" about the bills on Friday morning.

"I'm looking at both of them", Trump told reporters at the White House.

The other legislation, known as the compromise bill, aims to give recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an eventual path to citizenship while also giving the President and his supporters $25 billion for border security and his signature wall. "I have to have that".

Rep. Patrick McHenry is the House GOP's second-ranking vote counter. "Republicans are not going to take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump". The biggest achievement with Congress was the passage of the tax cut bill in late 2017.

But two Republicans on Sunday said they knew of two cases in which a parent who attempted to show up at an official entry point - just as the administration recommends - and still had their children separated. But they were unable to muster enough support on a discharge petition, a procedural effort to force a vote. "He would sign either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills".

"They like what's in the bill", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Thursday.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, "We will not apologize for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does, for doing the job that the American people expect us to do".

Later on Friday, Trump tweeted: "Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration".

GOP senators, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, said they were considering legislation that would keep migrant families together; provide additional judges so detained families would face shorter waiting periods; and provide facilities for the families to stay.


Democrats have called the policy "barbaric", and House Speaker Paul Ryan says he doesn't want kids separated from parents.

Many conservatives are leery of legislation protecting from deportation immigrants who arrived illegally, calling it amnesty.

Trump further complicated the already chaotic atmosphere around immigration Tuesday afternoon when he seemed to dismiss some nascent proposals to change the policy and vowed to change House GOP legislation.

"No, I am not" comfortable with it, he told reporters.

Trump's comments instantly undercut Ryan's argument against the moderates' petition drive, which the speaker had said was pushing legislation that the president would never sign. House Republicans had been working with top White House aides including Marc Short and Stephen Miller to ensure the president's support in the event it reached his desk.

The controversial policy enacted by the White House had been meant to be a deterrent by persuading those who were considering trying to cross the border - even if they were seeking asylum in the U.S.by fleeing violence in their home country - not to do so.

The new visa program, which is also available to other immigrants - including what lawmakers said is about 200,000 children who were brought to the US legally by their parents - is contingent on the $25 billion in border security funding being fully provided. "And law requires that children who can not be with their parents be placed within the custody of HHS within 72 hours, something entirely different than the criminal justice system". "But there's no way the Senate will pass either one - indeed, not much chance the House will", the editorial board wrote. One includes hard-line provisions catering to the House GOP's conservative wing; the other will try to bridge the gap between conservatives and moderates.

Trump's meeting at the Capitol comes as lawmakers in both parties are up in arms after days of news reports showing images of children being held at border facilities in cages and an audio recording of a young child pleading for his "Papa".

"We are now a country that tells refugees - women fleeing violent abuse, young people fleeing murderous gangs and people fleeing terrorist groups - to go to hell", says Frank Sharry, a leading advocate for immigrants. As recently as 2007, a significant share of the GOP, led by President George W. Bush himself, sought a humane answer to the problem of illegal immigration.

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