Migrant children: Immigration bill teeters on the edge of collapse

22 June, 2018, 02:38 | Author: Kim Reid
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The inaction sparked worldwide outrage, including criticism from Pope Francis and opposition from world leaders.

But Republicans said they were uncertain if either measure would have enough support to be approved.

"We will be going through Congress".

"We are keeping families together", Trump said from the Oval Office while flanked by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence.

"We don't want families to be separated", Pence said. The House of Representatives planned to vote on Thursday on two bills created to halt family separations and address a range of other immigration issues.

The New York Times reported that Gene Hamilton, a counsellor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, mentioned an "implementation phase". "So is throwing families in jail", Jayapal said.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Families seeking asylum meet with US CBP officials at the border Is there a time limit on detentions?

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The more conservative bill would deny the chance of future citizenship to "Dreamers" - immigrants brought illegally into the United States years ago when they were children.

Trump signed an executive order requiring immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take.

ICE operates two large family detention centers in Texas and a smaller facility in Pennsylvania, with a combined capacity for about 3,000 beds. According to the latest reports, the government was holding over 2,300 minors under the age of 12.

"Moreover, lengthy or unnecessary detention of children has been ruled unlawful". If the new policy is rejected by the courts, which the administration acknowledges is a possibility, the debate could move back to square one.

A separate case by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging family separations - but not the "zero tolerance" policy - argues that families have the right to remain unified.

"We want the heart", he said, "but we also want strong borders and we want no crime". "The government has been faced with the choice of either splitting the family by detaining the parent and releasing the kid, or just letting the parent go too".

Comprehensive immigration reform in Congress was dead in February, when the Senate failed to pass any of the measures the chamber was considering.

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But an official for a division of the US Department of Health said no special effort would be made to reunite families already separated due to the "zero tolerance" policy.

"What is the goal 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", Trump said in a tweet on Thursday as he renewed his call for a change in Senate rules to allow legislation to move with a simple majority.

Passage of the bill was always a long shot but failure may now come at a steeper price as Republicans - and Mr Trump - have raised expectations that, as the party in control of Congress and the White House, they can fix the nation's long-standing immigration problems.

Reyna Torres Mendivil, Mexico's consul general in San Antonio, told NPR's Audie Cornish that the process would be hampered by the US separation process, which keeps parents in ICE custody while moving children into facilities controlled by the Department of Health and Human Services. "We can enforce our immigration laws without tearing families apart".

The House of Representatives will vote on a Republican immigration bill aimed at halting the taking of immigrant children from parents being detained for illegally entering the US.

"This was a communication issue where the leadership compromise bill omitted key provisions that had been agreed upon beforehand", Meadows spokesman Ben Williamson said in a statement. "If other things happen, we'll cross those bridges when we get to it".

A compromise bill drafted by moderate and conservative Republicans lacks any votes from Democratic lawmakers and even some Republicans.

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