Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

Calling Democrats "obstructionists" and accusing them of not caring about border security, Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that voters need to elect more Republicans.

But on Friday morning, he appeared to give up hope that the Republican-controlled Congress could succeed in passing an immigration bill this year, urging lawmakers in a Twitter post to stop "wasting their time".

The bill would also require the government to separate fewer migrant children from parents when they are detained and finance Trump's proposed wall with Mexico.

"I was welcomed here", a tearful Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., said during House debate, describing her journey to the a child from Guatemala.

"We must maintain a Strong Southern Border", he said. "This is the opportunity".

That compromise bill will is now scheduled to come up for a vote on Friday morning, after leaders postponed the initial vote that was supposed to happen Thursday.

He said he was inviting Congress' top two Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, to the White House for immigration bargaining.

But House Republicans are moving forward as planned with efforts to pass immigration legislation, said Represenative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the majority whip. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The other bill, the "compromise" or "moderate" bill, comes from Republican leadership. But Trump's latest tweets could doom that effort.

The Defense Department said it was preparing 20,000 temporary beds on military bases to hold children who cross the border unaccompanied by parents.

"We will cross that bridge if we get to it", he said. "He changes so frequently that anybody who depends on that, I think, is in trouble", he said. "But he hasn't done that yet, and so we're continuing to work without that". The senior Trump administration official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity said numerous 500 children already reunited were back with their families within days of being separated.

While the U.S. leader bowed to global outrage over the splitting of families, government agencies were unable to say what would happen to the children already sent to tent camps and other facilities around the country while their parents were charged with immigration offenses.

Trump issued an executive order Wednesday to move to halt family separations, saying he was affected by the same images.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Trump was still making calls to Capitol Hill and demanding that the House act.

The new bill seeks to end the policy of separating families at the border, and will commission the Department of Homeland Security to house families who are being tried for first-time illegal border crossings. "That's critical considering our goal is to improve our country's immigration laws", Curbelo said in a statement to Reuters. "It says exactly who he is, which is callous, conniving, and really not focused on trying to solve any problems". "They don't talk about the death and destruction caused by people that shouldn't be here, people that will continuously get into trouble and do bad things", Trump said.

Rep. Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, expressed his objections concisely: "It's amnesty, chain migration, and there's no guarantee the wall will be built".

While both House of Representatives and the Senate under the Republican control, the latter can not pass most legislation without the support of the Democrats.

The proposal, negotiated by moderate and conservative Republicans, would provide a citizenship path for young unauthorized immigrants and keep migrant families together when they are stopped at the border.

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