epa06828776 A man holds a sign up while mayors from across the United States meets across from one of the tent cities along the United States Mexico border at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas 21 June 2018.  Mayors from across the US met and held a press conference to address US President Trump’s administration's immigration policies. Large tent cities have been erected in the desert to house children that was separated from their parents after crossing the border from Mexico.  EPA/LARRY W. SMITH
A man holds a sign up while mayors from across the United States met near one of the tent cities along the United States Mexico border at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

House of Representatives rejects hard-right immigration bill



The House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday, and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package with the party’s lawmakers fiercely divided over an issue that has long confounded them.

The conservative measure was defeated 231-193, with 41 Republicans — mostly moderates — joining Democrats in voting against it. Those defections — nearly 1 in 5 GOP lawmakers — underscored the party’s chasm over immigration and the election-year pressures Republicans face to stay true to districts that range from staunchly conservative to pro-immigrant.

Thursday’s vote set the stage for debate on the second bill, this one crafted by Republican leaders in hopes of finding an accord between the party’s sparring moderate and conservative wings. That compromise was considered too lenient by some conservatives and seemed likely to fall, too, and aides said the final roll call would wait till Friday.

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Rejection of both would represent an embarrassment for president Donald Trump, who has supported them. As if the internal GOP turmoil was not enough, the party’s political exposure on the issue has been intensified by heart-breaking images of migrant children separated from families and complicated by opaque statements by Mr Trump.

At the White House, the president defended his administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy of prosecuting all migrants caught illegally entering the country, a change that has caused thousands of families to be divided while the parents are detained. He said without it, “you would have a run on this country the likes of which nobody has ever seen.”

He said he was inviting Congress’ top two Democrats, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, to the White House for immigration bargaining. He called them “extremist open-border Democrats.”

And in a tweet that seemed to undermine House leaders’ efforts to round up votes, he questioned the purpose of their legislation by suggesting it was doomed in the Senate anyway.

Mr Trump issued an executive order Wednesday aimed at reversing his own policy of taking immigrant children from their detained parents, but emotions remained high.

“I was welcomed here,” a tearful Representative Norma Torres said during the House debate, describing her journey to the US as a child from Guatemala. “I was not put in a freezing cell.”

In an embarrassing detour, the House used an early procedural vote to correct what Republicans called a drafting error — language providing $100 billion more than they’d planned to help build Mr Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico. Instead of giving initial approval for $24.8 billion spread over the next five years, the legislation said it would open the door to $24.8 billion “for each” of the next five years.

The rejected conservative bill would have granted no pathway to citizenship for young ‘Dreamers’ who arrived in the country illegally as children, curbed legal immigration and bolstered border security.

The second was a compromise between GOP moderates and the party’s conservatives that included an opportunity for citizenship for the young immigrants. It provides $25 billion for Trump’s wall, restrictions on legal immigration and language requiring the Homeland Security Department to keep migrant families together while they’re being processed for illegal entry to the US.

Democrats oppose both measures as harsh.

“It is not a compromise,” Ms Pelosi told reporters. “It may be a compromise with the devil, but it is not a compromise with the Democrats.”

Even before votes began, Mr Trump complicated GOP efforts to round up votes.

“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),” Trump wrote. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”

Senate Republicans, fearing Mr Trump’s action will not withstand a legal challenge and eager to go on record opposing the administration’s policy, have unveiled their own legislation to keep detained immigrant families together.

In the House, moderate Republicans forced the immigration debate to the fore by threatening to use a rare procedure to demand a vote. Many are from states with large populations of young ‘Dreamer’ immigrants who now face deportation threats under Mr Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A federal court challenge has kept the DACA program running for now.

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Men’s squad: Faisal Al Ketbi, Omar Al Fadhli, Zayed Al Kathiri, Thiab Al Nuaimi, Khaled Al Shehhi, Mohamed Ali Al Suwaidi, Farraj Khaled Al Awlaqi, Muhammad Al Ameri, Mahdi Al Awlaqi, Saeed Al Qubaisi, Abdullah Al Qubaisi and Hazaa Farhan

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Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

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