Mrs. Pelosi said there may be "uprisings" over children who are separated at the US southern border when asylum seekers decide not to arrive at a proper checkpoint. The new visa, which would provide a path to legal status and eventually citizenship, won't add to overall number of visas because the bill would cut diversity and family-based visas.
House Republican leaders circulated their draft immigration bill on Thursday, after weeks of pain-staking negotiations between two warring GOP factions. An overwhelming percentage of Americans want to give law-abiding Dreamers a chance to stay in the U.S. We're certain most Americans also are appalled by the government dividing families. Both sides are eager for votes to highlight their stances.
"I think if we get that clarification, then I think we're still good to go", said Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, one of the Republicans who had earlier considered forcing a series of immigration votes on the House floor against the wishes of GOP leaders.
The compromise bill would mandate that children with families seized entering the U.S.be kept together for as long as they are in the custody of the Homeland Security Department, which staffs border facilities and enforces immigration laws. "If you're a Republican and you're facing a challenging political environment and the president who is very popular in your district, not mine, says that he's against this bill, why in the world would you vote in favor of it?"
Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday when he said on Fox News that he was looking at two immigration bills expected to be voted on by the House next week, but that he "certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one".
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President Donald Trump said Friday that he "hates" migrant parents being separated from their children at the U.S. -Mexico border and insisted that the "Democratic law" that requires the separation can only be changed by Democratic lawmakers, despite the Republican majorities in Congress. Meanwhile, he suggested that plans for votes next week were being reconsidered.
Democrats fired back, with top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi calling the Republican proposal "simply unworthy of America". The compromise bill's fate is less clear, with some conservatives opposing it for not going far enough. Miller and Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, have argued that immigration legislation is unlikely to pass this summer, officials said. The White House has cited the Bible in defending its "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings.
Hundreds of thousands of Dreamers have won temporary protections from deportation under DACA that is now under review in federal courts. Each contains other strict border security provisions, and would end a visa lottery and tighten rules that let USA citizens sponsor relatives for legal status.
The new visa program, which is also available to other immigrants - including what lawmakers said is about 200,000 children who were brought to the USA legally by their parents - is contingent on the $25 billion in border security funding being fully provided.