House Republicans are trying to approve an immigration overhaul that teetered ahead of voting Thursday. Both bills were largely seen as partisan measures with dim chances of passage and nearly no path forward to becoming law, the latest failure in Congress to reach consensus on the divisive issue.
She spoke as the House raced toward votes on two broad immigration bills that would, among other things, allow immigrant families detained after crossing the border to be held together.
Moderate Republicans forced the immigration debate to the fore by threatening to use a rare procedure to demand a vote.
Any attempt by the government to modify the agreement would likely face opposition from the lawyers who negotiated it.
But president showed no sign of softening. His order seemed to stem some of the urgency for Congress to act.
"What is the objective of the House doing good immigration bills" when Senate Democrats are unlikely to pass the Republican bills, he wrote.
"What is the objective 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 as he renewed his call for a change in Senate rules to allow legislation to move with a simple majority. "The best solution would be releasing families to sponsors or placing them in community-based alternatives to detention programs, which are less expensive and much more humane".
Trump also renewed his attacks on the media and opposition Democrats for the way they were portraying his administration's policy.
The compromise bill includes a provision requiring children and their parents to be detained together if they cross the border illegally.
The first lady, who has a 12-year-old son, smiled and laughed with the migrant children.
After an anonymous official in the Trump administration told the Washington Post that they will stop prosecuting migrant parents who cross the border illegally with children, a spokesperson at the Department of Justice rebutted the claim.
Melania Trump says her visit with migrant children has "impacted me greatly". The practice, and accompanying images of children crammed into cages, sparked widespread condemnation from activists, Democrats and several Republicans. Asked if they had any reaction to the charges against them being dropped, he said, "They're asking about their children, frankly".
Shortly before Trump signed the executive order, a White House official revealed that Mrs. Trump had been voicing her opinion to the president for some time.
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah later issued a statement saying that Trump "fully supports" both bills.
The House defeated the measure by a vote of 231-193 as a group of Republicans joined Democrats to sink the plan.
We bring families together, not apart.
Mrs. Trump had changed into a pale yellow jacket before arriving in McAllen and wore that during the more than hour-long visit to the center, but donned the green jacket once again as she returned to the White House. But most Democrats were expected to oppose it along with Republican conservatives unwilling to support granting citizenship to Dreamers. But the Senate GOP caucus appears just as divided as the House.
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