US House rejects conservative immigration bill

26 June, 2018, 22:20 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • The Border Security And Immigration Reform Act

On Thursday, divided congressional Republicans failed to pass one immigration reform Bill, and a second proposal that includes language ending family separations was put off until next week.

"What has happened on the US-Mexico border is a moment of reckoning as it points to a systemic toxicity in public discourse and action".

"Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world", Trump said on Twitter.

A Homeland Security report said there were 972 calls reporting crimes to its Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement hotline from April 26 through September 30 a year ago. Parents were jailed and children taken to government-contracted shelters.

Trump continued to make political hay out of the crisis, accusing Democrats of "playing games" and not supporting tougher border policies. Even though Trump has issued an executive order that he claims will keep children together with their families, its legality is still very much uncertain.

"I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!" added Trump, an admitted germophobe, who has said he prefers eating at fast food chains rather than independent eateries because he trusts them more.

But stubborn differences between conservative and more moderate Republicans in the House have stalled immigration legislation on Capitol Hill, with a vote on a compromise measure delayed until next week. Nor did Trump differentiate between illegal immigrants and people who entered the United States to seek asylum protection.

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The US leader tweeted Sunday that the US "cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country".

Although President Donald Trump abruptly reversed course on Wednesday following a wave of outrage at home and overseas and abandoned his policy of separating children from parents who are apprehended for illegally crossing the US-Mexico border, the fate of the more than 2,300 children already separated from their parents while Trump's policy was still in force is unknown.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says it's "important" that his chamber shows it's addressing the issue, which is an important one to voters. "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came". Last year, not long after House Republicans stood in the Rose Garden with Trump celebrating passage of their replacement for former President Barack Obama's health care law, he mocked their legislation as a "mean" bill.

At the event, Trump also bashed "the mayor of San Diego" for warning citizens about immigration agent raids.

Earlier this week, HHS requested that the Pentagon be prepared to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children at US military bases. Doing so has been derisively called granting "amnesty" to those who entered the country illegally.

Some reunifications were taking place, though it was unclear whether they involved the 700 children taken from parents between October and April, or the 2,300 since the mandatory prosecution of illegal border-crossers, whose children were taken away as a result, began in early May.

Besides, said Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., a supporter of the bill, maybe Trump will change his mind again: "Just wait a few hours, the tweet will be different".

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