‘Confused’ Trump can’t decide whether he hates immigration bill

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Some Republicans who support the president said Trump knew exactly what he was doing as lawmakers tried to cobble a simple majority for a vote sometime next week.

In a six-week period from mid-April to the end of May, the Trump administration separated almost 2,000 children from their parents, the New York Times reported Friday.

Keilyn Enamorada Matute, from Honduras, with her 4-year old son, as they surrender themselves to Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico to the United States, in McAllen, Texas.

The more conservative measure would include reductions to legal immigration, among other measures.

Trump went on to accuse Democrats of not wanting to change the current law, adding that Republicans would be willing to negotiate with them.

The "forced family breakup" policy Trump was referring to is one enforced by his own administration, specifically the zero-tolerance policy Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May.

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.

And now Trump faces the consequences. With thousands of children detained in makeshift shelters, his spokesmen this past week had to deny accusations that the administration was acting like Nazis. Evangelist and staunch Trump supporter Franklin Graham has also called family separation "disgraceful".

On Wednesday, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced family separation and the end of asylum opportunities for gang violence and domestic violence survivors. He has falsely claimed that Democrats are responsible for the practice.

Since that controversy erupted, Trump has repeatedly used the term proudly.

Due to Trump's misgivings, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has "clashed privately" with Trump over the policy, causing "furious lectures" from the President that have "pushed her to the brink of resignation".

But Miller has expressed none of the president's misgivings.

"Right now, we are in a circumstance where either we choose to enforce the law or we choose to ignore it", a DHS official said.

Various immigration law experts took to Twitter to point out that, in fact, nothing in the GOP bill outlaws family separation.

The administration's critics are not buying that explanation. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border", he said.

Conservatives are leery of legislation protecting from deportation immigrants who arrived illegally, calling it amnesty.

Doocy then noted that the House is set to consider two immigration bills next week-a conservative measure from Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) and a more moderate, compromise proposal that GOP leaders struck with centrist Republicans.

"This was the bane of my existence for three years", Johnson said.

Brooks said people can also contact their Congress members and representatives, putting pressure on them to pay a personal visit to adult and child immigrant detention centers to see their conditions and speak to the people inside.

Both the conservative and compromise bills would provide money for Trump's long-sought border wall with Mexico.

"In no other context are we being asked to detain children with parents who are facing criminal charges". The initiative yielded results and was soon expanded to more border sectors.

Conversations about expanding Operation Streamline "with nearly none of those limitations" started up not long after Trump took office.

Jess Morales Rocketto, political director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, said the "outrage and opposition will only keep growing if the administration continues this cruelty of separating families".

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