President Trump Slams Democrats Over Inaction on Illegal Immigration

President Trump Slams Democrats Over Inaction on Illegal Immigration

President Trump Slams Democrats Over Inaction on Illegal Immigration

President Donald Trump supports both Republican immigration bills now being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives, the White House said on Friday, clarifying his earlier statement that he opposed one of the measures.

Tuesday night: Trump meets with House Republicans to talk about their immigration bills.

A leading House Republican says the chamber won't tackle immigration legislation unless President Donald Trump supports it. And even House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who is an immigration hardliner, told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly in an interview Monday for "All Things Considered" that he backs the changes to the administration's policy in the compromise bill.

Hours later, Republican leaders canceled plans to measure support for the bill during Friday morning votes, as members struggled to decipher Trump's message about the bill.

"He's just responding to the people who elected him", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. The other would offset the visas for Dreamers by cutting existing, legal immigration categories.

White House officials later said the president had misspoken and didn't realize he was being asked about the compromise bill. One is a hard-line measure and the second is a compromise meant to bridge the divide between moderate Republicans and conservatives in the House GOP conference.

"This is not the Texas I know, this is not the America that I grew up in", said Dora Saavedra.

The Goodlatte bill has zero chance of getting out of the House, let alone passing the Senate, where it will need at least a handful of Democrats to clear a cloture vote.

One White House official who was watching the interview in a room with others said there were audible gasps when the President made the comment as staff immediately realized the potential consequences of the President's remarks.

Trump's opposition is significant particularly since House Republican leaders said they had been working closely with administration officials on the compromise to ensure it was something the president would sign.

A new Trump administration policy that refers everyone who has crossed the border illegally for prosecution has forced the separation of many migrant families, since children can't be detained in criminal jails alongside their parents.

Republican lawmakers and former first lady Laura Bush joined Democrats in condemning the family separations that have removed almost 2,000 children from their parents in just six weeks.

While both bills include the White House's request for $25 billion in additional border security provisions, Trump added a sticking point that "if we don't have the wall there's no bill". Both bills have that.

There are no limits on how many people can receive that legal immigration status, and critics said it would allow the Dreamers - after they win US citizenship - to petition for their parents to also become citizens. "He would sign either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills".

House Immigration Bill seeks to end family separation at border.

Carlos Curbelo, one of the moderate members who helped negotiate the bill told reporters last week that he was still "seeking some modifications to some sections that I've already gone through, and that process will continue".

Trump stopped short of explicitly endorsing the middle-ground legislation, but a senior White House official said his tweet was created to signal his support.

On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended the separation as "moral policy", claiming it is following the law.

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