Republicans aim to debate immigration bill next week, ignoring Trump plea

Republicans aim to debate immigration bill next week, ignoring Trump plea

The delay comes just a few hours after President Donald Trump publicly undercut House Republicans, asking why they were even bothering to vote on immigration legislation in the first place when it can't get through the Senate.

Rep. Michael McCaul told "Fox News Sunday" that the White House on Saturday reassured him that Trump is "still 100 percent behind us".

Next, Will gave scathing rebukes of White House advisor Stephen Miller and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, for their starring roles in the recent public debates over separating immigrant children from their families at the USA border.

Aboard Air Force One on Saturday en route to Las Vegas, Nevada, Trump lashed out at House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY, accusing them on Twitter of favoring illegal immigrants over American citizens. While excoriating congressional Republicans for having "no higher ambition than to placate this president", he also chastises them as "president's poodles", or "abject careerists" with no interest in conservative principles of government.

The compromise bill would earmark $23 billion for construction of a border wall, a priority for Trump, and make steep cuts to legal immigration programs, a potential poison pill for Democrats.

For the past week, Trump has demanded changes in the nation's immigration laws and encouraged Congress to act with urgency.

The president, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have all appeared on Capitol Hill this week to urge makers to pass immigration legislation.

She called on Democrats to help Trump fix the immigration system - after Trump said Republicans should wait until after November's congressional elections.

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Calling for a "strong" border, he says: "We can not allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections".

The proposal, negotiated by moderate and conservative Republicans, would provide a citizenship path for young unauthorized immigrants and keep migrant families together when they are stopped at the border.

Trump had told the House GOP in a meeting this week that he would sign any bill they voted on, although now he's saying they shouldn't bother to pass any bills until after the midterm elections. "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem".

With no Democrats voting for the bill, Republicans needed enough of their own members to get to a majority but failed to cross that threshold. But, after the first vote series of the day Thursday, it became clear that rank-and-file members were a mix of confused and uncomfortable with what they knew about the compromise bill.

The White House has made a last-minute push to pass legislation amid the brewing border crisis prompted by the family separations that resulted on the US-Mexico border from Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

Republicans had planned to take two immigration votes on Thursday, even though both were unlikely to pass and even less likely to be considered in the Senate. "We're going to have a safe country".

Trump, in his remarks, also suggested those illegally in the United States commit more crimes on a statistical basis than citizens or resident aliens.

The bill would make citizenship a possibility for "Dreamer" immigrants brought illegally to the US when young.

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