Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

House Rejects Immigration Reform Bill Backed By GOP Leadership

House Rejects Immigration Reform Bill Backed By GOP Leadership

"Children brought back to their country." the president tweeted.

Central American migrants traveling in the Migrant Via Crucis caravan are pictured as they head to El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on 29 April 2018.

While Republicans sought to gain more support for the bill this past week, President Trump never publicly expressed his support of the measure until Wednesday, despite pressuring members to throw their support behind it in closed-door meetings.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled the government must reunite parents with the children who had been taken from them, slamming the administration for creating a "chaotic circumstance" at the border without a clear plan in place.

Trump has demanded that Congress resolve the family separations with legislation, in the face of an uproar at home and overseas over the separation of more than 2,300 children from their parents as a result of his administration's policy of "zero tolerance" toward illegal immigration.

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.

But GOP aides said Republicans had yet to agree on bill language.

"It would have replaced 2.2 million of his own voters", he said.

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"I think strong borders and no crime, that's us ... and I think that's going to be a great election point for us", Trump said.

Senator James Lankford, a Republican, urged Congress to negotiate solutions on border security, family separation, more efficient immigration courts, and Dreamers "rather than just complaining" about immigration. But he then said lawmakers from his Republican Party, which has a majority in Congress, should give up on it.

The bill evolved to address two urgent crises triggered by Trump's hardline immigration agenda: his cancellation of a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children, known as Dreamers, and the "zero-tolerance" policy which led to the family separations.

But the measure was widely expected to fail. However, even if it passed, the bill was expected to face stiff opposition in the Senate. Without their support, it will likely be rejected.

With this in mind, it becomes clear that the opposition will continue to refuse to back any reform of US immigration policy.

Most of the 36-member Texas delegation voted against the bill, including all the Democrats. Congress didn't pass a bill that President Trump could even veto or sign.

"This legislation also missed an opportunity to make needed reforms to our agricultural immigrant labor programs, make E-Verify law of the land, and address the vast worker shortage found in Pennsylvania and across the country". Also in the group were those with close ties to House GOP leadership: Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions, House Rules Committee chairman; Fort Worth Rep. Kay Granger, a top appropriator; and Houston Rep. John Culberson, another top appropriator.

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