US House rejects immigration bill backed by Trump

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The House soundly defeated a compromise immigration bill Wednesday that Republican leaders had hoped would unite warring factions within their party to fund President Trump's border wall and dramatically decrease legal immigration.

Todd Schulte, president of FWD.Us which is backed by top IT companies, said the vote makes it absolutely clear - once again - that the only path forward to protecting "Dreamers" is a bipartisan process that leads to votes on bipartisan legislation.

"He said the parents are in detention and we can't put them back with the parents because there's a 20-day limit with the courts", Nelson said.

Both bills were backed by the White House, whose "zero tolerance" policy against illegal immigration has come under fire home and overseas over the forced separation of children from their parents entering the U.S. illegally.

However, the second bill, a so-called "moderate" or "comprise" one, won much less Republican votes than the "hardline" bill which failed last week in the House with 193 in favour and 231 against.

The defeat of the broader immigration reform bills reflects just how hard it has been for House Republicans to agree among themselves on the fractious issue - let alone come up with a bipartisan bill that could pass in the closely divided Senate. The bill earned only 121 votes, far fewer than a more conservative proposal that had been voted on earlier in June (that bill also failed).

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march in dozens of US cities on Saturday to protest family separations carried out by the Trump administration, according to organizers. I said what other country has judges? But they have been unwilling to support broader legislation that fulfills Trump's wider demands on immigration, including making cuts to legal immigration.

It would have provided 25 billion dollars (£19 billion) for Mr Trump to build his coveted border wall with Mexico, restricted family-based immigration and barred the American Homeland Security Department from taking migrant children from parents seized crossing into the country without authorisation. It also would have given at least some of them a pathway to citizenship. Last Friday, the president tweeted that Republicans should not "waste their time" on the bill and should instead wait until after midterm elections to take action. Without congressional action, there also won't be enough judges at the border to process these families and there won't be enough shelters to properly house them together.

The House could vote next month on a narrower measure that is being developed and would focus specifically on the family separations issue, although prospects for its passage are uncertain.

However, conservatives relish such tough stances and rather than achieving middle ground, leaders' efforts have largely underscored how irreconcilably divided the Republicans are on the topic.

Conservative Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said lawmakers "couldn't go home and face their constituents and say 'I just gave you the largest amnesty ever without really a guarantee of enforcement.'" Conservatives consider the possibility of citizenship for immigrants who arrived illegally to be amnesty. The new program would replace the current visa program, which farmers have complained is expensive and burdensome.

The Department of Justice in Southern California is so overwhelmed with immigration cases, they've been unable to prosecute as many drug smugglers.

Legal scholars who oppose and support Trump's travel ban said the ruling now opens the door for the administration to institute new travel bans against more countries. Leaders headed off the petition by urging GOP lawmakers to not sign it, partly by crafting the compromise package the House rejected Wednesday.

According to United States of America today, more than 4,000 immigrants have been charged since Sessions' announcement, doubling the number of illegal migrant cases sent to the local US Attorney's office.

Trump has ordered the government to abandon his own policy of separating families.

The Senate is trying craft bipartisan legislation keeping families together.

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