House GOP immigration bill would modify -- but not end -- child detentions

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President Donald Trump had just thrown a wrench into months of immigration talks, saying in an early morning interview with Fox News that he "certainly won't sign" the all-GOP compromise immigration bill. To prevent these moderates from forcing a vote and embarrassing House Republicans by passing a liberal immigration bill without voting on a conservative one, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., announced this week that both bills would come up for a vote next week.

"I am looking at both of them", Mr. Trump said on "Fox and Friends". "Listen, you're taking one comment that the president said that he preferred a more conservative bill".

The compromise bill would mandate that children be kept with families seized entering the U.S.be kept together for as long as they are in the custody of the Homeland Security Department, whose agencies staff border facilities and enforce immigration laws. "I have to have that".

"The president fully supports both the (Representative Bob) Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill".

Trump will be a guest at a special House Republicans meeting Tuesday evening, when GOP lawmakers reportedly plan to use Trump's sensitivity to disturbing photos and negative media spin to circumvent Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.

Ryan said Thursday he's not comfortable with a Trump administration policy that separates children from their parents at the southern border and said Congress should step in to fix the problem. Yet scuttling the bill could turn off independent voters, an especially important bloc for House Republicans competing in dozens of districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.

Conservatives remain skeptical of any bill that would offer a "special path" to citizenship to DACA recipients and other "dreamers". He said "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order". But under the new policy, all bets are off. Mothers can be separated from their children. In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 55 percent of Republicans said they support the policy of separating children from their parents if some families seeking asylum crossed the border illegally, later requesting asylum.

Ms. Collins said she doubted the Trump administration policy would be successful in curtailing illegal immigration.

The administration's new zero-tolerance policy, which requires prosecution of people arriving illegally at the border, has driven up the number of immigrant children in government shelters in the almost two months since it began.

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Cruz hopes Democrats will support his bill that could address this issue this week.

Curbelo called the separation policy "a tragedy" on Twitter over the weekend, and referenced former President Barack Obama's policy of detaining families and unaccompanied minors.

"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law", Sessions said in May. He defended the policy shift in his remarks on Thursday.

"I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the goal of order".

To beef up the border, the proposal provides the $25 billion the White House wants for security, including technology, roadways and money for the border wall.

The draft text includes one of Trump's top priorities: cutting future legal immigration.

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their awful and cruel legislative agenda", Trump tweeted.

"The Democrats forced that law upon our nation".

"Sounds like it will be a no from me", said Democratic Representative Jose Serrano of NY after hearing the details.

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