House Republicans Face Another Week Of Fighting Over Immigration

House Republicans Face Another Week Of Fighting Over Immigration

President Donald Trump urged divided Republicans Wednesday to rally behind an immigration overhaul - though it appears doomed to fail - after a judge dealt a new blow to his "zero tolerance" border policy by ordering that separated families be swiftly reunited.

Ryan said the broader bill would resolve the issue of young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children; focus on a merit-based immigration system; and secure USA borders and the rule of law.

The vote in the House of Representatives ended with 301 against and only 121 with a substantial number of Trump's Republican Party failing to fall into line.

With television and social media awash with images and wails of young children torn from parents, many Republicans want to pass a narrower measure addressing those separations before Congress leaves at week's end for its July 4 break.

The House on Thursday rejected a measure favored by conservatives that would have halted the practice of splitting up families and addressed a range of other immigration issues.

Despite the President demanding - via Twitter - that House Republicans pass the "strong but fair" immigration bill, the House Republicans did not, in fact, pass the muscley but attractive immigration bill.

House Republicans abandoned a GOP leadership-backed immigration bill Wednesday, the latest setback in the years-long intraparty war between Republicans on the polarizing issue.


The group fell short of the support needed, but House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., agreed to advance compromise legislation on immigration. He told Republicans in a closed-door meeting that he liked both bills on the table, despite not endorsing a specific plan. Two Republicans did not cast votes on Wednesday.

Immigration has always been among the most intractable issues in American politics, with Congress repeatedly failing to pass comprehensive reform. The controversial separations are part of a 1997 federal court decision as well as a 2008 immigration law which orders immigration authorities not to hold families in detention for extensive periods of time. "But the last thing I want to do is undercut a vote on what is a great consensus bill".

The bill would have required children to be released after 20 days, still apart from parents who continued to be detained.

"We need to continue to be a beacon of hope and aspiration for the rest of the world", Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., said on the House floor before the vote.

On Tuesday the president was handed an important - if largely symbolic - victory on another key plank of his migration policy as the Supreme Court voted to uphold his controversial travel ban targeting five Muslim-majority nations.

Still, the GOP must now try to come up with its own family separation bill or else be left on the sidelines of an issue that's roiled the country for weeks. Leaders have so far been unable to bridge the divide, and the fight is fueling accusations that they are out of step with members of their conference.

Bipartisan Senate talks are underway, but no compromise has emerged in either chamber. "There was no Democrats involved, they never reached out across the aisle so we could have had some effect of trying to make this bill better".

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