Monday, 23 July, 2018

Divided US Congress votes on immigration reform

Zero-Tolerance at the Border Loses its Teeth as GOP Struggles to Reform Immigration Policy GOP leaders eye new bill on family separations at border
Leonard Rios | 30 June, 2018, 21:51

Ryan said the broader bill would resolve the issue of young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children; focus on a merit-based immigration system; and secure US borders and the rule of law.

The bill, consideration of which was postponed twice, received only 121 votes for and 301 votes against, according to Interfax-Ukraine. After 31 years of congressional inaction on immigration reform, and after seeing how hard certain Members have worked to bring this issue to the Floor, I refused to go on the record with a vote against today's bill. Instead, the measure was created to be a compromise between conservative and centrist Republicans who have been battling each other over immigration for years. Democrats were excluded from drafting the measure.

After weeks of bickering in the Republican caucus, the issue of how to address immigration came down to two votes in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Senate Democrats and Republicans have been exploring possible legislation to ban the separation of immigrant children from their families and require rapid reunification of children taken from their parents under the zero-tolerance policy.

He also said he instructed House Republican leaders struggling for an immigration compromise to "get something you want", but he was uncertain if anything could pass the Senate, where Republicans only have a two-seat majority and Democratic votes are needed to pass legislation.

The U.S. House rejected a second immigration bill Wednesday, despite being broader in scope and having last-minute support from President Trump.

The legislation would complete a biometric entry-exit program to help immigration authorities keep track of whether immigrants with temporary visas leave the USA when they are supposed to go. Will Hurd of Helotes, spent the early summer deploying an obscure procedural tactic called a discharge petition in order to force a vote on several immigration bills.

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The one he does score, it's very hard ". "It's different. It's not just Belgium's starting XI who have impressed. Who would you pick for England?

Prince William's "historic" visit to the Middle East
Prince William has made a deeply moving visit to Jerusalem's holocaust museum on his first full day of engagements in Israel. Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane. "We know some of the politics are hard , but this is not a political visit ".

Neymar and Coutinho goals give Brazil win against Costa Rica
He first flopped to the ground in front of goal , hoping to draw a penalty. " Brazil sank Costa Rica when it hurt the most". But back home, there was a special pair of Brazil fans who celebrated Coutinho's opener like no other.

Customs and border protection officials say President Donald Trump's order last week to stop splitting up families at the border required a temporary halt to prosecuting parents and guardians unless they had a criminal history.

The bill would have provided more than $7 billion to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to build new containment centers to ensure undocumented families are not separated while they await a hearing before an immigration judge.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who led the effort alongside Denham, slammed his conservative colleagues who voted to maintain the status quo's broken immigration system, summing up their opposition as a preference for the "petty politics of immigration".

"I want them to do what they want", Trump said, CNN reported.

GOP leaders have been talking about a Plan B: a bill focused narrowly on barring the government from wresting children from migrant families caught entering the country without authorization. "The bill included a conservative proposal to end family separations at the border, an issue that has inflamed tensions". "There was no Democrats involved, they never reached out across the aisle so we could have had some effect of trying to make this bill better".

"This only works if Trump's behind us", one member said.

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