Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

But in a Friday tweet the president said, "Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November".

Trump's comments came two days after he signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents detained after illegally crossing the US border.

Republicans, meanwhile, have failed to come up with immigration legislation that will pass both chambers of Congress, and they lost the president's support in the process.

"Even if we get 100% Republican votes in the Senate, we need 10 Democrat votes to get a much needed Immigration Bill". In a series of tweets, Trump said, "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decades-old problem".

On Wednesday, Trump backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S. -Mexico border.

On the matter of family separation - which the Trump administration is halting for now - the conservative bill allows children to be detained with their parents in Department of Homeland Security custody for longer than 20 days by giving DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen "discretion" to do so. "You hear like they are better people than what we have, than our citizens, it is not true", he said.

Rep. Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, expressed his objections concisely: "It's amnesty, chain migration, and there's no guarantee the wall will be built". It downplays the absence of any Democratic support for legislation that would grant amnesty and a path to citizenship for more than 2 million illegal immigrants.

President Trump on Friday blasted what he described as a media double standard on immigration, as he honored families whose loved ones were killed by illegal immigrants and accused the press of ignoring them to focus on the plight of migrants caught crossing the border.


Will went on to warn that with no opposition from a Republican-led Congress, a "President Trump" would be worse than having Hillary Clinton in the White House while the GOP held Congressional control.

They are trying to persuade a conservative bloc to approve bill that includes $25bn for Trump's border wall - a campaign promise which he has insisted Mexico will pay for - and a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, known as Dreamers. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Children who were transferred into government custody were flown to shelters and foster-care families across the country, while some parents were deported back to their home countries alone. "This is a very unfair situation".

Trump's decision to stop separating families, announced Wednesday after a fierce worldwide outcry, has led to confusion and uncertainty along the border. And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte says he will "absolutely" keep pushing the legislation because GOP lawmakers want to continue. The "zero-tolerance" policy resulted in more than 2,300 children being taken from their parents.

Calling out and preventing crimes committed or allegedly committed by people in the country illegally has been a key component of Mr. Trump's presidency and Attorney General Jeff Session's approach to his Justice Department.

Will also took on Trump aide Stephen Miller, one of the president's top advisers on immigration, as well as the president's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Friday afternoon, Trump spoke at the White House event to show "the other side" of the immigration debate. House Republicans must be wondering why they should stick their necks out to back broad amnesty legislation, which their base doesn't want, if it's not likely to clear the Senate.

Mr Trump had defended his approach before signing the order - reportedly following an intervention from his wife and daughter - and he and Vice President Mike Pence insisted the hard-line policy would continue.

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