Furor over family separation now a part of House debate over immigration

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan takes questions from reporters Wednesday following a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan takes questions from reporters Wednesday following a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration

Earlier today, he said he wouldn't sign the compromise bill crafted by GOP leadership. That version and Goodlatte's bill are scheduled for House votes on Thursday.

Despite their policy clashes, both Republican factions have been eager for the votes to be held as a way to show constituents where they stand.

In an exchange with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a raucous press briefing on Thursday, CBS News reporter Paula Reid-who covers legal affairs and the Trump Justice Department-called out White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' erroneous claim that the Trump administration is merely following the law when it rips young children from their mothers' arms. Bob Goodlatte's immigration bill and Speaker Ryan's bill. Only the compromise measure offers a chance at citizenship for young immigrants who arrived in the USA illegally as children.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the GOP's No. 2 vote counter, told reporters that leaders were seeking "clarity" from the White House after Trump made his comments on Fox.

Congressional Republicans have distanced themselves from the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border even as the White House cited the Bible in defending its "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings.

Many have viewed Mr. Trump's support as crucial if the compromise measure is to pass.

Both the conservative and compromise GOP bills contain stringent security provisions and money to build Trump's proposed wall with Mexico.

While people around the country hit the streets protesting separating children from their parents at the US border, Republican House members are crafting an immigration bill that would end family separations, as the USA plans to reopen a tent shelter to house migrant children.

About 2k minors separated from families
A series of protest rallies organised by a group called Families Belong Together took place across the United States on Thursday. The officials could not say whether parents were allowed to say goodbye to their parents before they are separated.

White House officials later said the president had misspoken and didn't realize he was being asked about the compromise bill.

Centrists had tried to use a discharge petition to force leadership to move on four different immigration proposals, including one backed by Democrats that protects so-called "Dreamers", beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

If the "Dreamers" win that nonimmigrant status, then after six years, they would be able to apply for a green card, which will set them on the path to eventual citizenship. He also blamed the Democrats for the splitting up of families, even though the practice was introduced by Trump's own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

Goodlatte's bill grants three-year legal status (renewable) to current DACA recipients. The new GOP bill would clarify that there's "no presumption that an alien child who is not an un-accompanied alien child should not be detained", effectively paving the way to keep families in detention for longer periods.

First Lady Melania Trump weighed in on the issue through a statement in which she said she "hates to see children separated from their families", adding that this should be "a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

Since the policy was announced, about 500 children have been separated from their parents, said Miguel A. Nogueras, an assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Texas in McAllen. While it was negotiated with an understanding the White House would back it, he said in a "Fox & Friends" appearance on Friday that he would veto it.

President Trump asserted that children "are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth" as a way to enter the United States. "I think the part of it he will like is the trigger mechanism that if the appropriation, funding and the spending on the wall is not delivered on then there is no other part of the bill", Walker said.

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