Trump’s immigration reform bill fails in House

Trump’s immigration reform bill fails in House

The Republican-led U.S. congress has rejected a far-ranging immigration bill despite its 11th-hour endorsement by President Donald Trump.

The compromise bill would have provided almost $25 billion in funding for Trump's border wall, limited legal and illegal immigration, provided protection from deportation and a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers, and keep undocumented families together who had crossed the border if the parents were facing prosecution.

The vote in the House of Representatives ended with 301 against and only 121 with a substantial number of Trump's Republican Party failing to fall into line.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, said the GOP-backed immigration reform bill was "terrible", in part because Republicans refused to work with Democrats, who voted unanimously against the bill.

President Donald Trump's abrupt order last week to end his policy of breaking up families who crossed the border illegally did not explain how his aggressive immigration policies could be adjusted to keep families intact, house them and assess their legal status. Democrats said they did not favor the measure.

With television and social media awash with images of crying young children torn from migrant families, Republicans want to pass a narrower measure addressing those separations should the broader bill fail. His zero tolerance policy of detaining and criminally prosecuting all undocumented immigrants at the border remains in place, and the order does nothing to address families that have already been separated.

"House Republicans should pass the strong but fair immigration bill, known as Goodlatte II, in their afternoon vote today, even though the Dems won't let it pass in the Senate".




White House officials had quietly stopped pushing for the compromise immigration bill after Trump fired off a series of tweets last week downplaying expectations for the deal, including one that suggested Republicans "should stop wasting their time" on immigration until more Republicans get elected, a White House aide said. At first, Trump said he wouldn't back the compromise bill in an interview with Fox News only to have his staff issue a statement later that day saying he would back it. Every Democrat and 41 Republicans voted against it.

The Senate rejected a series of immigration reform bills in February. With the bills rejection, House members will now turn their attention to a much more narrow proposal to write a law that would keep undocumented parents and children together when theyre apprehended crossing the US border.

Shortly before the vote, Rep.

Trump suffered a fresh setback on Tuesday night when a USA district judge in San Diego, Dana Sabraw, ordered that separated families be reunited within 30 days - and two weeks in cases involving children under five.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he would like to see the Senate unanimously passed legislation to prevent family separations.

For weeks, the Trump administration fought off criticism for the separation of migrant children, claiming they had no choice but to enforce the law. "But a lot of our members want to be able to express themselves by voting for the policies that they like, so that they can express their votes on the floor".

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