Trump on House GOP Immigration Compromise: ‘I Certainly Wouldn’t Sign’ It

Marsha Scott
June 17, 2018

He also is intent on pushing members of his party to vote for a compromise measure that would achieve those long-standing priorities. The policy Trump has decried as "horrible and cruel" is something his own administration put forth - and something it has forcefully defended.

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their frightful and cruel legislative agenda". After listing his demands in any immigration bill, he added "Go for it!"

The Associated Press declined to participate in the tour, which came after a Democratic senator tried to enter a federal facility in Texas where immigrant children are being held.

The issue of separating families at the border has generated increasing public backlash and threatens to become an issue in the November elections that will decide control of Congress. "Incarcerating these individuals, as opposed to issuing a notice to appear, is resource intensive, and as a result vital law enforcement resources and attention are being diverted from dealing with more serious border security issues".

McHenry tells reporters Republicans won't "take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump". Last month, facing a sharp uptick in illegal border crossings, Trump ordered a new effort to criminally prosecute anyone who crossed the border unlawfully - with few exceptions for parents travelling with their minor children. The figure is the only one released by the goverment.

According to reporting by The Washington Post, White House officials said President Donald Trump has calculated he will gain leverage in congressional negotiations by enforcing a policy he claims to hate. "The thinking in the building is to force people to the table".

During an interview with Fox and Friends on Friday morning, the president said he's looked at the two immigration proposals and that he was considering them both.

The president used a similar strategy a year ago as he sought to gain approval for his immigration demands by using the lure of protection for young immigrants brought to the United States as children.

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What's more, Pelosi has ignored his ideas, specifically his bills to expand Medicare and invest in infrastructure.

New immigration legislation introduced by House Republicans Friday does nothing to change the policy.

"The president fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", said White House spokesman Raj Shah, adding that Trump would sign "either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills". Critics say family separation would still be possible because another agency could take parents being prosecuted into custody. "I think the part of it he will like is the trigger mechanism that if the appropriation, funding and the spending on the wall is not delivered on then there is no other part of the bill", Walker said.

Those remarks prompted hours of confusion on Capitol Hill, as GOP leaders indicated they were reluctant to move forward with votes unless the bills had Trump's blessing. On Thursday, Senate Republicans said they might seek separate legislation to end the practice.

"When the president says he's not going to sign it, just shows how low his standards are", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "They are holding the kids hostage".

NYT notes that former President George W. Bush initiated the "zero tolerance" approach for illegal immigration that Trump's policy is modeled after with the 2005-launched Operation Streamline program at the Texas border "that referred all unlawful entrants for criminal prosecution, imprisoning them and expediting assembly-line-style trials geared toward quickly deporting them".

The tour was tightly controlled and the Health and Human Services Department did not allow any photographs or video or interviews, instead releasing a government-produced video of the shelter.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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