Trump says he won't sign House immigration compromise measure

Trump says he won't sign House immigration compromise measure

Trump says he won't sign House immigration compromise measure

Trump will meet with House Republicans next week to discuss the issue just days after his comments during an impromptu Fox News interview on the White House driveway almost derailed the planned House vote, according to a House GOP official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans ahead of an official announcement.

President Trump is addressing House GOP lawmakers at a meeting on immigration legislation on Tuesday evening.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that he opposes the family separations but he blamed a decades-old court decision - not the Trump administration - for the current situation.

House Republicans unveiled a "discussion draft" of a sweeping immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for young immigrants, $25 billion in border security - including advance funds for President Donald Trump's wall with Mexico - and a provision aimed at addressing the crisis of family separations at the border. "I have to have that".

"For those who are already on the line or questioning it that might give them additional pause", Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., the chair of the Republican Study Committee, a large group of conservative House Republicans, told ABC News.

Pelosi cited former Republican presidents who she said were "right thinking" and "good thinking" such as Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, whom she said would not support such a policy.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will meet with Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday as House GOP leaders continue to tamp down a rebellion among their ranks on immigration and ahead of votes on bills created to appease centrists in their party. Under the White House's policy, roughly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southwest border illegally in the past six weeks.

Ryan was pushed to offer the Republican caucus a chance to vote on immigration legislation after 23 GOP lawmakers broke rank and signed a discharge petition with Democrats, forcing GOP leadership to act. "He would 100 percent sign either Goodlatte or the other bill".

Despite their policy clashes, both Republican factions have been eager for the votes to be held as a way to show constituents where they stand. "I think it's a terrible election point".

"WH official tells @PamelaBrownCNN that Trump "misunderstood" the question about immigration this morning and does indeed support the GOP compromise bill - despite saying on Fox he doesn't". "If you don't want your child separated", he said last month, "then don't bring them across the border illegally". They're counting on Mr. Trump to provide political cover against those who will call the bill a blanket amnesty.

The section on sanctuary policies - tucked near the end of the 293-page draft released this week - is the latest example of the Trump administration's war on cities such as Oakland and San Jose and states such as California that protect undocumented immigrants.

Trump took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to lay out his own requirements before he's willing to sign any immigration legislation.

The proposed changes in the House GOP bill would override the 1997 settlement and related litigation to make clear that there is "no presumption that an alien child should not be detained" and that those children must not "be released by the Secretary of Homeland Security other than to a parent or legal guardian".

But this set of rules for minors - and the White House's objections - existed well before the new zero tolerance policy. "The only difference is that that if the parents plead guilty they could be put in immigrant detention facilities with their kids more quickly afterwards, or if they're not prosecuted and given a chance to make a case for asylum, they could be detained with their kids indefinitely".

McHenry tells reporters Republicans won't "take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump".

But it remains unsettled whether the House can pass a DACA fix. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, would write the Obama-era DACA program into law, giving it more permanence, and would include a massive burst of enforcement measures, mandatory use of E-Verify, more Border Patrol agents and making overstaying a visa a crime.

The bill also would address a growing concern on the border: the separation of parents from their children.

CORNISH: And as you said, they had hoped to vote on it next week.

"We need more Republicans, frankly, and that's why I think we're going to do so well in the midterms", he said.

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