US House Rejects Immigration Overhaul

Zero-Tolerance at the Border Loses its Teeth as GOP Struggles to Reform Immigration Policy

Zero-Tolerance at the Border Loses its Teeth as GOP Struggles to Reform Immigration Policy

On a 121-301 vote, the Republican-controlled House rejected a bill that addressed the family separations, but also gave long-term protections to young "Dreamer" immigrants brought into the country years ago illegally as children, and provided funding for President Donald Trump's proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall.

"HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL", Trump tweeted ahead of the vote.

The bill addressed keeping together parents and children detained for crossing the border illegally, and some are still urging Congress to take up that issue separately before going on break for the Fourth of July recess. It also would have provided a path to citizenship for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and ensured that undocumented families caught trying to cross into the USA aren't separated. "The ideal way to solve it is to have Congress pass legislation", she said.

Democrats and centrist Republicans from swing districts say the GOP could suffer because the party, steered by Trump's anti-immigrant harangues, could be alienating pivotal moderate voters.

The Senate rejected a series of immigration reform bills in February. Democrats were excluded from drafting the measure.

Hours before the vote, some members of Trump's legislative team - including Marc Short - were on Capitol Hill for general meetings when Trump posted his all-caps tweet endorsing the bill he had previously pushed, then abandoned.

Conservatives, afraid of how their base may react, did not see a reason to vote for it even if they agree in large part with numerous bill's provisions.

Ultimately, the legislation was only officially authored by House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul and moderate GOP Reps.

"We need to continue to be a beacon of hope and aspiration for the rest of the world", Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., said on the House floor before the vote.

As showdown votes approached, Trump again called for an end to the judicial process that now awaits unauthorized immigrants entering the United States.

Some Republicans openly turned on those in their ranks for failure to pass the measure in the House.

Most of the 36-member Texas delegation voted against the bill, including all the Democrats.

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said Thursday that he wanted that conservative bill - written by Rep.

A 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement set policy for the detention of minors in the custody of immigration officials and a federal appeals court has interpreted it to allow immigration officials to detain families for only 20 days.

"I think strong borders and no crime, that's us ... and I think that's going to be a great election point for us", Trump said.

The White House also sent a letter to lawmakers Wednesday formally stating its support, saying the legislation would "support the administration's goals" on immigration.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week that prohibits family separation but the order does not address the estimated 2,300 children who are now being held at DHS facilities.

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