Republicans aim to debate immigration bill next week, ignoring Trump plea

Republicans aim to debate immigration bill next week, ignoring Trump plea

"I mean, we're getting some real beauties". "This is the opportunity".

Trump's comments, in a morning tweet, came after Republican House leaders abruptly postponed a vote Thursday on a broad immigration bill meant to unite GOP moderates and conservatives, acknowledging they lack the votes to pass the measure despite the growing uproar over separating migrant families at the border.

The uncertainty at the border resulted after Trump abruptly reversed policy in the face of an global outcry over the separation of families.

Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the Pentagon is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four military bases: Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas; Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas; Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas; and Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene, Texas.

Despite Republican control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the party's slim majority in the latter chamber makes some Democratic support necessary to pass most legislation.

She called on Democrats to help Trump fix the immigration system - after Trump said Republicans should wait until after November's congressional elections.

With another tweet Friday morning, Trump again struck a more antagonistic tone on the issue, offering a preview ahead of his remarks at the White House with angel families - the loved ones of those killed by undocumented immigrants. "They don't care about anything", Trump said.

"We're going to have a vote", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La, the House GOP's top vote-counter, told reporters. "But he hasn't done that yet. and so we're continuing to work without that". The policy drew widespread, bipartisan condemnation for resulting in the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents.

The president had argued for days that only Congress could solve the border crisis. "Obviously it's an uphill fight to put that coalition together, we've got our own diverse approaches in the Republican conference".

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They were brought back together around 2:30 a.m.at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland, hours after the government relented. And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte says he will "absolutely" keep pushing the legislation because GOP lawmakers want to continue.

Then came Friday morning's tweet.

President Trump honored "American victims of illegal immigration" on Friday - by autographing photos of their dead loved ones and quipping about their physical appearance.

"What has become clear is that this president has no goal posts for what he wants to achieve on immigration because it's actually, in his mind, a useful political tool", said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a member of the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration. He ran on disrupting Washington, aides said, and that's exactly what he's doing.

For much of the country - and President Donald Trump - the prevailing belief is that Obama was the president who went easier on immigrants.

"Very unfair. We have to look at everybody, but this is a very unfair situation".

Also, Trump is taking a risk by asking Republicans to push off a vote until after the election.

Congress could be forced to act on immigration regardless in the coming weeks. Associated Press/Evan Vucci Trump has frequently used parents such as Laura Wilkerson to bolster his arguments for a border wall and against so-called "sanctuary cities", where law-enforcement agencies limit their cooperation with immigration authorities.

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