Trump says he won’t sign ‘moderate’ GOP immigration bill

Rep. Mia Love speaks to the Tribune editorial board

Rep. Mia Love speaks to the Tribune editorial board

House Speaker Paul Ryan plans to bring up the two bills for votes in the Republican-controlled House next week, moving to break a long-standing stalemate on Capitol Hill over immigration law. The compromise bill's fate is less clear, with some conservatives opposing it for not going far enough.

Many have viewed Mr. Trump's support as crucial if the compromise measure is to pass. That changed Friday morning.

A powerful conservative group, Heritage Action, also came out strongly against the bill -urging GOP lawmakers to vote no. "Would you sign either one of those?" It is possible to both detain families pending adjudication and keep them together.

The compromise, crafted in closed-door discussions between GOP conservatives and moderates organized by leadership, would provide $25 billion in border wall funding, eliminate several visa programs while restructuring others, and provide a pathway for six-year "indefinitely renewable" legal status for Dreamers who could later apply for citizenship. "He decides a lot of things on his own".

She called the Trump administration's separation policy "barbaric", adding: "It has to stop".

"This bill is an amnesty for the parents of DACAs as well", said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports restricting immigration.

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It's unclear if either bill can pass the House given Democrats' opposition to both proposals, and Republicans' deep disagreements on immigration policy. Or, as former White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn put it more succinctly on Thursday at the Washington Post when discussing the ever-turbulent West Wing, where policy stances can quickly shift: "Tomorrow's a different day".

The new visa program, which is also available to other immigrants - including what lawmakers said is about 200,000 children who were brought to the USA legally by their parents - is contingent on the $25 billion in border security funding being fully provided.

Turns out, there's nothing in the Bible that says you have to answer questions you don't like. The compromise bill also ends two chain migration categories, shuffles some of the visas to the employment-based category. Among them, family-related visas for the married children or adult siblings of US citizens as well as the 55,000 visas now available under the diversity lottery system for immigrants from other represented countries, including many in Africa.

Of course, they had been going for "it" for weeks during testy talks - and appeared to have ended their internal stalemate Thursday afternoon. But, Scalise himself told Breitbart News he stands with the president. And he told GOP lawmakers in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday that the president was "excited" about his efforts.

A 2008 anti-trafficking law which requires unaccompanied migrant children to be sent into the care of Health and Human Services - another statute blamed by the administration for the family separation - was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by former president George W. Bush, a Republican.