U.S. House defeats broad Republican immigration bill

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Immediately after the bill's failure, Trump sought to distance himself from it, telling reporters, "I want them to do what they want".

Trump said he hadn't gotten "overly excited" about the House bill because it wouldn't pass the Senate.

Hours before the vote, Trump made the last-minute push for the legislation on Twitter. He said, "we believe the families should be together also".

The proposed Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 would have funded President Donald Trump's wall on the Mexican border, provided a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants and, to a limited extent, addressed the family-separation crisis on the Mexican border.

The level of vitriol on all matters Trump has reached toxic proportions.

All Democrats voted no as did more than 100 Republicans. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., one of the bill's sponsors - could well garner additional votes for a measure that was still expected to fail Wednesday.

"What was obvious today is that Republicans cannot pass a 218 Republican bill, just as Democrats couldn't pass one in 2010", 14;32;40 Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., told ABC News after the vote.

In a June 18 letter to House members, Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, expressed concern with the compromise bill's cuts to family-based immigration, as well as the "harmful" changes to the asylum system and its lack of protections for unaccompanied children.

But that seemed unlikely.

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The bill would have required children to be released after 20 days, still apart from parents who continued to be detained.

The Justice Department said the order "makes it even more imperative" that Congress pass legislation to give border agents the ability "to simultaneously enforce the law and keep families together".

"This victory will be bring relief to all the parents and children who thought they may never see each other again", ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said in an email.

But the reality is "this would've been a whole lot more helpful a week ago", the aide said.

Trump tweeted last week that Republicans should wait until after the midterm elections to tackle immigration.

The tweet - which referenced Rep.

Both were presented to the House of Representatives by Rep. Last week, the president said Republicans were "wasting their time" on the legislation. "Like President Trump, I supported this bill because it represents a tangible solution for these important issues".

As such, and through a purely Irish reform lens, neither bill would have met the criteria necessary to be dubbed a true comprehensive immigration reform measure. It was defeated in a 121-301 vote, with Republicans split 121-112 for the bill and Democrats voting 0-189. And rather than achieving middle ground, leaders' efforts have largely underscored how irreconcilably divided the GOP is on the topic. Every Democrat and 41 Republicans voted against it.

Republicans have referred to that bill, which was also authored by Goodlatte and McCaul, as "Goodlatte 1" and the compromise measure as "Goodlatte 2". Leaders headed off the petition by urging GOP lawmakers to not sign it, partly by crafting the compromise package the House rejected Wednesday.