How Jeff Sessions Ultimately Played Trump On The Family Separation Policy

President Donald Trump at a rally with supporters in Duluth Minnesota

President Donald Trump at a rally with supporters in Duluth Minnesota

After 25 Democratic members of Congress toured a US Customs and Border Protection processing facility in the US-Mexico border city of McAllen, Texas, they described seeing children sleeping behind bars, on concrete floors and under emergency "mylar" heat-resistant blankets.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November", Trump wrote.

Trump himself travelled to Capitol Hill Tuesday to make the case that Congress should pass either of two bills that have been under consideration, and on Wednesday postponed the annual Congressional Picnic that had been scheduled for Thursday at the White House so that lawmakers could work to pass them.

"This is a bill that has consensus". It is imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions - and by President Donald Trump's running commentary about a bill he only half-heartedly supported and then suggested would never become law. "That's all we need", Curbelo said.

The outcome remains uncertain despite a frenzied effort to pull in the final votes. It was the administration's policy of zero tolerance ― announced in April ― that led to blanket prosecutions, including of adults traveling with children. Ahead of voting Thursday, the results of the outreach were mixed.

He was quickly gaveled by the presiding officer, Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., who told him to stop playing the audio because it was against House rules. "It won't be easy".

That means if Congress fails to pass legislation or the courts decline to change the terms of the settlement, the administration could be forced to again separate the immigrant children from their parents in three weeks. At the rally, Trump told supporters he would remain tough on securing the border. Those measures could pass the House backed by Democrats and a few Republicans, an outcome that would enrage conservative voters.

The hard-right measure that failed Thursday did not include a path to citizenship for Dreamers, but would have also required immigration authorities to keep undocumented families together.

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Tsakalotos' predecessor in the government, maverick economist Yanis Varoufakis, was more scathing in his assessment. The news lifted sentiment towards Greek debt, pushing yields down in early trade.

Last year, after meeting with Trump, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said they had reached a deal to protect dreamers in exchange for funding Trump's border wall. The executive order Trump signed is contingent on the modification of a court settlement that now requires children to be released from detention after 20 days. "The fake news media back there doesn't talk about that", he charged.

Will goes on to rip House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying the Speaker "sold his soul...for a tax cut", and was one of "the president's poodles".

The president continued in a second tweet, "Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years!"

"I'm not spending my political capital or my brain cells on these two bills", said conservative Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, opposes both.

"I think it's important that the House be able to show we can take the action", said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

The House bill still under consideration is a compromise between conservatives and moderate Republicans.

Amid the controversy over migrant family separations at the border, Karl Rove said Republicans need to move the conversation back to the economy in advance of November's midterm elections.

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