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White House: Trump supports GOP leaders' immigration bill

White House: Trump supports GOP leaders' immigration bill

"I'm looking at both of them", Trump told "Fox & Friends" in an interview Friday morning from the White House lawn.

Republicans planned votes next week on a hard-right immigration measure and a middle-ground package negotiated between the party's moderate and conservative wings.

President Trump's message to Congress is clear: If immigration is your priority, pass the Goodlatte bill.

House Republicans released an immigration proposal Thursday evening, pitched as a "compromise" between hardliners and moderates - but in reality, the bill makes sweeping changes to the immigration system. "I have to have that".

Schumer's NY constituents include numerous investors who stand to gain when legal immigration lowers payroll costs and boosts revenues.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, praised the bill's "balanced approach" but said it required further study, while Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., a leader of the moderate bloc, said he had made "no final decision yet" on the bill.

"Yes, we fully support both the Goodlatte bill and the Leadership bill".

"The "zero tolerance" prosecution policy driving the separation of families isn't addressed in the White House 2.0 bill, so it can't even begin to claim that it will halt family separation", said Tom Jawetz, the vice president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress. The moderates used a parliamentary move called a discharge petition in an attempt to force House action, but they fell two signatures short of what they needed to succeed. That version and Goodlatte's bill are scheduled for House votes on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, a DHS official who declined to be identified said that almost 2,000 children had been separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31.

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White House officials have privately embraced the border policy as a negotiating tactic to win votes for legislation to fulfill the president's pledge to build a border wall and to tighten the nation's immigration laws.

"We have seen a staggering 350% increase in illegal aliens fraudulently using children to pose as family units to gain entry into this country", said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. I wonder how she and her children were treated when they reached the US-Mexico border, if those three young faces that looked up at me smiling and curious about life in the United States were pulled from the arms of their mother.

As Vox's Dara Lind points out, the GOP bill includes a provision entitled "Clarification of Standards for Family Detention", which would allow kids who cross the border with guardians to be detained the same way adults are - which could mean longer detainment time.

"A country without borders is not a country at all", Trump said at the White House on Monday. The conservative alternative is considered to have no chance of passage.

"An agency may not remove a child from a parent or legal guardian exclusively for the policy goal of deterring individuals from migrating to the United States or for the policy goal of promoting compliance with civil immigration laws", the California Democrat's bill reads. There are only two things we can do in this situation, we can release the entire family unit or we can separate them.

She compared it to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, which she called "one of the most shameful episodes in USA history".

Schumer argues that Republicans should embrace the Democrats' no-strings amnesty push, and offers to support a few token security upgrades to the border.

Regardless of the Flores Settlement, the administration's "zero-tolerance" plan puts parents into criminal proceedings, which places them in federal jails where children are not allowed.