Trump asks GOP to table immigration reform until after midterm elections
Jun 26 2018
In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, two-thirds opposed Trump's now-discontinued policy of separating kids from their parents when they cross the border; 79 percent supported allowing the dreamers to become citizens, even though Trump revoked the protection against deportation granted to them by President Barack Obama, and two-thirds said the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now in the USA should be given a path to citizenship.
Senate and House leaders have also been trying to find a bill that would end family separations at the border.
The votes come after President Donald Trump's reversal on family separations at the US and Mexico Border, which was something he touched on at Wednesday night's rally in Duluth. He previously insisted Mexico would pay for the separation barrier, a notion Mexico has repeatedly and adamantly rejected.
Now, the administration says it will continue with prosecutions and seek to detain families together during their immigration proceedings.
It was widely expected to fail in the chamber, and was defeated 231-193.
This week, congressional Republicans planned to vote on a pair of immigration bills that can't pass the House - for the sake of preventing a vote on a bill that actually could.
Leadership promised conservatives a vote on the measure in exchange for consideration of the annual farm bill - which hard-line members of the House Freedom Caucus torpedoed last month over their demands for a vote on the Securing Americas Future Act. "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came".
The House vote on a "compromise" bill was pushed until next week.
"These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones, the word "permanently" being the one you have to think about", Trump said Friday afternoon at an event with the family members.
Well, if there's a sign that the immigration push in the House could blow up, it's the signal the moderate GOP is sending right now.
Until a public outcry erupted, forcing President Donald Trump to reverse course, parents were jailed and children taken to government-contracted shelters.
Demonstrators with the Poor People's Campaign await processing by U.S. Capitol Police after being peacefully arrested at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018, where they protested the Trump administration and Congress' policies towards immigrant children and families and the poor. He is concerned parents of dreamers would be able to use their children as a gateway to citizenship, rewarding their decision to enter the country illegally.
The first lady, whose pressure was a factor in Trump's decision to sign an executive order on Wednesday keeping immigrant children together with their detained parents, left the White House quietly on Thursday morning and flew to Texas for the visit.
"It's very hard to reunite children with their parents because these government agencies were not prepared, and they're not designed, for family separation", said Efren Olivares, a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project that represents 381 migrant parents.
The president said a vote on immigration legislation should be postponed until after the midterm elections in November, when he expects Republicans to pick up more seats and create a stronger majority - a prediction that is far from guaranteed. "You don't know what is going on", Trump said in remarks.
"A Democratic-controlled Congress would be a basket of deplorables, but there would be enough Republicans to gum up the Senate's machinery, keeping the institution as peripheral as it has been under their control and asphyxiating mischief from a Democratic House".