House vote on compromise immigration bill delayed

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks to the media at the Capitol on Thursday

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks to the media at the Capitol on Thursday

Dems are doing nothing but Obstructing.

While the U.S. leader bowed to global outrage over the splitting of families, government agencies were unable to say what would happen to the children already sent to tent camps and other facilities around the country while their parents were charged with immigration offenses. The policy drew widespread, bipartisan condemnation for resulting in the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents.

On Thursday, the House voted against a hard-line immigration measure and delayed a vote on a more moderate proposal, punting a decision on the bill to next week to give lawmakers more time to pick up support. That's despite a damaging tweet by President Donald Trump urging them to wait until after the November elections. He said if Republicans can't get it done, "you end up looking like the gang that can't shoot straight".

In the unlikely event that the House approved the GOP compromise, it seemed certain to go nowhere in the GOP-run Senate.

Federal agencies were working to set up a centralised reunification process for the remaining separated children and their families at a detention centre in Texas, the anonymous official said.

Mr Trump has faced global condemnation for the USA immigration policy that has seen more than 2,000 migrant children stripped from their families.

Over and over, Trump has proven himself a saboteur, willing to walk away from promises and blow up a deal, undermining the GOP agenda in Congress.

About 500 children have been reunited with their families since May, a Homeland Security official said on Thursday.

Republican leaders were twice forced to postpone final voting, first until Friday and then punting it to next week, as negotiators made a last-ditch push for support.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters Thursday evening that more issues need to be worked out before the House takes up a vote, after House Republicans met to discuss the matter Thursday afternoon. "It won't be easy".

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Lawmakers said two new provisions would be added to the bill in hopes of winning votes.

The compromise bill would allow immigrants who entered the USA illegally as children to apply for a six-year, indefinitely renewable legal status, and it would appropriate $25 billion for border-security funding.

The second was a compromise between GOP moderates and the party's conservatives that included an opportunity for citizenship for the young immigrants.

Fence-sitting Republicans or those otherwise opposed to the legislation said they felt little pressure to come on board the compromise bill or a measure favored by conservatives that was defeated on Thursday. It is expected to fail. It also would have made it harder for immigrant citizens to bring relatives to the USA and taken steps to crack down on illegal immigration.

A US Border Patrol agent watches as people who\'ve been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, stand in line at a facility in McAllen, Texas. And it revises the longstanding preference for family visas in favour of a merit system based on education level and work skills. It did so by eliminating the 20-day cap on holding minors and allowing indefinite detentions.

"These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones".

The dramatic audio, first reported by ProPublica and later provided to The Associated Press, roiled the national debate over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" approach to border crossings.

The Trump administration started enforcing a "zero tolerance" policy last month, which has been met with outrage for separating children - in many cases toddlers and infants - from their families.

Back in the House, despite Trump's endorsement of the compromise bill, Ryan's leadership team has been struggling to ensure passage on its own. Every Republican involved in the House's immigration fight is really just trying to send an advantageous message to his or her constituents.

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