Trump says he 'wouldn't sign' GOP immigration bill, rocking Capitol Hill

by Abel Hampton June 16, 2018, 0:27
Trump says he 'wouldn't sign' GOP immigration bill, rocking Capitol Hill

President Donald Trump says he won't sign a "moderate" immigration bill written by House Republicans. The GOP and Democratic petition stalled after House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed to start the new talks that excluded Democrats. He called it a "very good compromise".

Turns out, there's nothing in the Bible that says you have to answer questions you don't like. "So we're bringing legislation that's been carefully crafted and negotiated to the floor".

But GOP immigration hardliner Representative Steve King of Iowa said he opposes the measure.

It's unclear if either bill can pass the House given Democrats' opposition to both proposals, and Republicans' deep disagreements on immigration policy. The compromise bill also ends two chain migration categories, shuffles some of the visas to the employment-based category. It beefs up border security, clamps down on illegal entries and reinforces other immigration laws.

In an unusually tense series of exchanges in the White House briefing room - with both CNN's Jim Acosta and Brian Karem of the Sentinel newspapers - Sanders blamed Democrats for the policy separating children from parents and wrongly insisted the administration had made no changes increasing the tactics' use.

And Bloomberg reports the White House "told lawmakers he misspoke".

"President Trump does not appreciate leakers, especially ones who push inaccurate information", one White House official said.

President Trump took Capitol Hill by surprise on Friday when he announced he would not sign a House GOP bill on immigration legislation drafted specifically to meet his policy demands.

Advocates for immigrants said the changes to family detentions were particularly severe. House Republicans had been working with White House aides including Marc Short and Stephen Miller to ensure the president's support in the event it reached his desk.

The "zero tolerance" policy was unveiled by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDem senator: "Stop pretending" law banning separation of migrant families is hard to pass Fox News" Jesse Watters: Reporters who act like "a wild animal' should lose press passes Sessions invokes the Bible to defend separation of families at the border MORE last month when said that, "If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you". The bill includes other provisions nearly certain to be rejected by Democrats, including money for a border wall and new limits on family-based immigration. The measure would make sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system, shifting preference from the family members of US citizens to employment-based criteria, and creating a special visa program that would give young unauthorized immigrants the chance to become citizens based on factors like employment and education.

Republicans were reluctant to tackle the "Dreamer" issue this year. This means that the liberal immigration bill championed by moderates is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate. A federal court case has temporarily allowed the program to keep running. The compromise bill's fate is less clear, with some conservatives opposing it for not going far enough.

The "compromise" bill released Thursday would allow an estimated 1.8 million "Dreamers" to apply for "nonimmigrant status"- essentially a conditional legal visa - if they meet certain conditions. FAIR adds, "At the beginning of the sixth year, green cards will begin to be awarded to amnesty recipients under a new visa program". It prioritizes education, English language proficiency, military service and continued employment.


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