Trump to GOP: Don’t Bother Voting on Immigration Bills Until After Midterms

House Republicans fail to pass conservative immigration bill postpone vote on compromise bill

House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide

USA immigration laws, Trump declared, are "the weakest in the history of the world".

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched the VOICE Office in April 2017, following an Executive Order by the President calling for its creation, Mr. Trump said.

That House immigration bill is merely a compromise among the chamber's GOP leadership and its various conservative and moderate factions.

The conservative measure's 231-193 defeat set the stage for debate on the second bill, this one crafted by Republican leaders in hopes of finding an accord between the party's sparring moderate and conservative wings.

GOP leaders trying to persuade colleagues to seize the moment and tackle immigration problems by approving the bill, which includes $25 billion for Trump's border wall and a path to citizenship for young immigrants who have lived in the US illegally since childhood.

Visas - The conservative bill eliminates the diversity lottery and family visas for relatives other than spouses and minor children. House Speaker Paul Ryan has known where the bill was headed.

The fact that votes on immigration bills are happening at all is because of an effort by moderate Republicans who grew exhausted of their party's failure to act on immigration.

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"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November", Mr Trump tweeted.

The US president suggested Democrats had fabricated some of the news that came from the border following a backlash against his policy of forcibly separating illegal immigrant families. "You heard it here on FOX Business", Meadows said during an exclusive interview on "After the Bell". The compromise bill creates a new, merit-based green card system with points for education, employment, English proficiency and military service by eliminating the diversity lottery and family visas for married children of US citizens, and for siblings of adult USA citizens.

As part of the the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, which seeks to criminally charge and jail undocumented border crossers, children can not legally be held with their parents.

ICE detention for migrants involve moving from foster-care type detention facilities with other children into more secure adult detention centers that resemble jails.

Zenen Jaimes Perez of the Texas Civil Rights Project said immigrant families are still awaiting details from the administration on how parents and children are to be reunited. If adopted, the bill would ban the separation of parent and children at the border, unless the child is being trafficked or abused, Vox explained. Images of toddlers crying behind chain-link fences, and reports of federal agents taking infants and young children to distant states, forced a rare retreat from the White House.

He had said only Congress could solve the problem, before doing an about-face and issuing the executive order under pressure from his wife and eldest daughter.

Parents who remained locked up struggled to get in touch with children being held in many cases hundreds of miles away.

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The original photo of the girl - taken June 12 near McAllen by photographer John Moore of Getty Images - quickly became symbolic of the family separation crisis.

Trump often invited them to appear on stage at rallies or met with their families behind-the-scenes, attending the group's annual luncheon in Houston in September 2016 as he touted key campaign promises to build a wall and deport people who are in the U.S. illegally.

"As we started to look at that original bill, there's been a full-court press in the last 48 hours on the compromise bill", Meadows said.

Trump endorsed the compromise bill during a closed-door rally with House Republicans on Tuesday at the Capitol. That's despite a damaging tweet by President Donald Trump urging them to wait until after the November elections.

Media captionThe sound of migrant children separated from parents What is Trump's strategy? It made steeper cuts to legal immigration programs and had little support even among Republican members.

"What the president just signaled is, 'I'm not going to be there.' And therefore I think people will take the cue", Sanford said.

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