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The Senate still faces uncertainty on when they would pass their border supplemental bill, a separate proposal that doesn't include some of the policy riders the House bill has and gives money to the Department of Defense, something that the House doesn't do.

Pelosi and House Democratic leadership, meanwhile, have been working to quell a progressive rebellion in their ranks over the bill, an unexpected wrinkle in the race to get the legislation passed and signed into law before a key agency - the Office of Refugee Resettlement - runs out of money at the end of the month.

Congress goes into recess for the Independence Day holiday after Thursday.

"Because this bill does not provide adequate funding to meet the current crisis, and because it contains partisan provisions created to hamstring the Administration's border enforcement efforts, the Administration opposes its passage", the letter reads, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press.

But three immigration officials told The Associated Press that officials of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were anxious that officers would be endangered because details about the raids had been publicly revealed.

House Democrats seeking the changes met late Monday with Pelosi, and lawmakers emerging from a morning caucus meeting were supportive of the legislation.

"I'd like to see it all together, but if my choice on the minority side is to vote up or down on a compassionate humanitarian package that's what I'm going to do", said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) on Sunday's Face the Nation. Those cages that were shown - I think they were very inappropriate.

The meeting may have helped ease Democratic complaints. "Afterward, she appeared to leave the door open saying: "My main goal is to keep kids from dying", before calling the humanitarian bill a "short-term" measure".

The back-and-forth on the spending measure came as Congress' top Democrats criticized Trump for threatening coast-to-coast deportations of migrants.

In a Twitter message, he said: At "the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to [issues at the U.S. border]". "If not, Deportations start!" he tweeted. "They will be removed as fast as they come in", Trump tweeted.

US cities expecting to be hit by a wave of immigration raids meant to deport recently arrived families who are in the United States illegally said on Friday they would not cooperate with federal authorities.

Pelosi made her remark Monday at an immigration event in Queens, New York.

She also went on to point out that she feels Trump is not capable of exhibiting "civilized human behavior". "I inherited separation from President Obama". "This is a very important vote", Pelosi said Tuesday. "Help on all of the loopholes, the disgusting loopholes that could sign over a period of years that don't allow us to do what we should be able to do". That came after some liberal Democrats expressed alarm that not enough was being done to improve conditions at the border, where the number of migrants apprehended surged in May to the highest level since 2006. It seems unlikely they will suddenly find a solution within two weeks.

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