Rep Blames Dems Immigration Impasse; Then GOP Votes Down Own Bills

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The US House of Representatives today defeated an immigration bill supported by President Donald Trump which had proposed a merit-based immigration system and elimination of country quotas in green card allotment, dealing a setback to the president.

Under the "moderate" or "compromise" bill, the Donald Trump government would have stopped the forced migrant family separation, got 25 billion dollars to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, and allowed up to 1.8 million Dreamers, the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, to apply for U.S. citizenship.

All Democrats voted no as did more than 100 Republicans.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he intends to look at a narrower measure aimed at stopping the policy of family separation.

The House on Thursday rejected a measure favored by conservatives that would have halted the practice of splitting up families and addressed a range of other immigration issues. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Trump needs to fix the problem created by the administration's "zero tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting anyone caught crossing illegally that resulted in family separations at the border.

"We need Democratic votes in the Senate and that's why I don't get overly excited with the House bill right now because it's not going to pass in the Senate, you're not going to get the Democrats to vote for anything", Trump told reporters.

The two consecutive bills that failed on the part of the GOP leave thousands of immigrants trying to enter the United States - most seeking asylum - in limbo to live in detention centers and camps across the country.

The Republican-led House has struggled to find a successful immigration approach.

Trump's public backing of the legislation, however, may have been too late.

For months, leaders have insisted that the Goodlatte bill was dozens of votes shy of passing and instead focused their attention on crafting a compromise.

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

We will remind, from April 19 to may 31 due to the policy of "zero tolerance" declared by United States attorney General Jeff Sissom, on the border of Mexico with U.S. 1995 children were separated from their parents.

Trump went on to say he believes immigration will be "a great election point" for Republicans come November.

In setting the terms of debate on immigration, Republican leadership had included a provision that blocked that petition from going forward, which Welch said sets a precedent.

That's also the opposite of what Democrats want for a trade-off on family separation.

Shortly before the vote, Rep.

A bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill cleared the U.S. Senate in 2013, only to die in the Republican-controlled House.

That said, the president had indicated last minute support for the compromise bill though this might have only added to sense of confusion as to what exactly Mr. Trump's true position was.

"A lot of our members want to be able to express themselves by voting for the policies that they like", Ryan said. Leaders have so far been unable to bridge the divide, and the fight is fueling accusations that they are out of step with members of their conference.