White House: Trump Supports GOP Leaders' Immigration Bill

GOP Drafts Bill Overturning Policy of Separating Families at Border

DHS said between April 19 and May 31, there were 1,995 children separated from 1,940 adults at the southwest border. A spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security says the minors were held in decent conditions while the detained parents were awaiting adjudication and possible prosecution.

Jentezen Franklin, a member of Trump's evangelical council, told CNN, "It's a very unsafe route to go when you begin to take selections of scriptures and say, 'The Bible was written to justify political standings".

Republicans leaders plan campaign-season votes next week on the middle-ground bill and a hard-right alternative.

The separations stem from a deliberate policy shift by the Trump administration, which it has the power to unilaterally reverse.

"The record is plain: Washington Democrats voted against "Kate's Law, ' they voted against legislation to deport gang members and they voted for 'sanctuary cities" where these violent criminals hide", Trump continued.

"The policy now being enacted where children are being separated from their parents even when they're applying for asylum, we want that to stop", said Acosta.

The Goodlatte bill has zero chance of getting out of the House, let alone passing the Senate, where it will need at least a handful of Democrats to clear a cloture vote. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., o or "something more moderate", and asked whether he'd sign "either one".

"The President fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill".

Trump had said in the interview with "Fox & Friends" Friday that he was looking at two House immigration bills, but that he "certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one".

"This bill hardly fulfills President Trump's bold promise to fix immigration, and sure isn't a winning message for the GOP in the midterms", Hauman said.

The president directed the blame at the Democrats for "forcing the breakup of families at the border" because they are pushing their own "cruel" legislative agenda.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, photographed at a news conference in 2015, said the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their families "goes against the values of our nation". Overall, the GOP proposal adheres closely to the "four pillars" that Trump said in January he wanted as part of any immigration deal: money for the wall, limits to family-based migration, nixing the visa lottery, and granting a path to citizenship for the Dreamers.

But the entire episode revealed how often Republicans expect Trump to change his mind.

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".

Trump stressed he opposes the separations. Most have been teenagers who've come by themselves, but now, more young children are coming with their parents.

Earlier this month, activists called for worldwide intervention in the USA push to separate migrant children from their parents, a practice the Human Rights Watch called "cruel".

"Maybe we can bring some sense of morality to bear once the Department of Justice realizes that the American people don't want to be represented in this way", Brooks said.

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