Trump: Republicans should ‘stop wasting their time on immigration’
President says Democrats telling phony tales of sadness and heartbreak, after House delays vote on compromise bill including measures on breakups and Dreamers
A Republican effort to reform the US immigration system was once again on the brink of failure on Friday, as the Trump administration faced extraordinary backlash for its crackdown on migrants at the southern perimeter that resulted in more than 2,300 children being separated from their parents.
Donald Trump waded into the roiling debate, informing Republicans to stop wasting their day on immigration, matters that has separated the party for more than a decade.
He also courted contention by claiming Democrats were telling phony narratives of sadness and sorrow for electoral gain.
GOP presidents in Congress were twice forced to postpone an immigration bill, presented as a compromise between moderate and conservative members of the party, as diplomats made an 11 th-hour push for consensus. The election was first delayed to Friday and then to next week.
Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration, the president tweeted, until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/ women in November. Dem[ ocrat] s are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!
Most forecasters in fact predict a possible blue wave in the November midterm elections, signifying a sweep of Democratic wins to take back the House and maybe the Senate.
Delicate negotiations over the Republican immigration bill are playing out against a backdrop of extraordinary international outrage over Trumps zero-tolerance enforcement policy, which was captured by dramatic scenes of children in cages and young migrants screaming for their parents.
Trump partly reversed the implementation of policies this week under pressure from the pope, the British “ministers “, the United Nations, every living first lady including his wife and prominent Republican leaders. The fate of the 2,300 infants who were separated from their parents remains unclear. Some experts are concerned that breakups may continue, even though Trump said when signing his executive ordering that we are going to keep the families together.
The Department of Defense is ready to make space available on military basis for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children, a spokesman told the Associated Press.
Republican leaders are trying to unite their fractious party despite Trumps half-hearted is supportive of the effort.
Game over, the Republican congressman Mark Sanford, a Trump critic, told CNN, telling Trump’s tweet takes high winds out of the sails in what might have been a moderately productive week of looking for a compromise.
The compromise bill sought to address two urgent crisis activated by Trumps hardline immigration agenda: his cancellation of a program that shielded from expulsion hundreds of young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, known as Dreamers, and the zero-tolerance policy which led to the family separations.
The bill would include $25 bn for Trumps border wall, a campaign promise. It would also limit legal immigration, offer a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and end family separations.
After a two-hour closed-door meet on Thursday evening, negotiators told reporters the latter are exploring modifications to the bill to appease reactionaries. One element would require employers to use E-verify, a federal database that determines the legal status of laborers. The other provision are dealing here with visas for agricultural workers.
On Thursday, the House defeated a more hardline immigration plan that would have dramatically curtailed legal immigration without securing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. The vote was closer than many Republicans expected, leaving some reactionaries to wonder if the focus had been on the incorrect measure.
There’s been a full court press the past 48 hours on the compromise bill, Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told Fox. Perhaps if we had done that on the first bill we would have gotten to that sweet place of 218 elections. But you are familiar, history is over with that bill.
The compromise measure was crafted without input from Democrats, a level the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, emphasized to reporters.
It may be a compromise with the demon but its not a compromise with the Democrats, she told, as the speaker, Paul Ryan, attempted to blame the opposition party for a failure to negotiate.
Trump’s morning tweet was the latest wrinkle in a weeks-long process that began with a insurrection by a group of moderate Republicans who launched a petition drive to force polls on legislation that would protect Dreamers. The bill was not originally conceived to address family separations.
Senate Republican have moved forward with a different approach, hoping to pass a narrowly crafted standalone measure that would allow families to stay together in detention while increasing the number of federal immigration judges.
On Friday, Trump also tweeted about a longstanding complaint concerning procedural rules in the Senate, that legislation does not pass on a simple majority vote.
Elect more Republicans in November, he added, and we will pass the most significant, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world. Right now we have the dumbest and the worst. Dems are doing nothing but Obstructing. Remember their motto, RESIST! Ours is PRODUCE!
He also wrote that he would speak to Mexico, which he mentioned had very strong Immigration Laws, and said: We cannot permit our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrat tell their phony tales of sadness and heartache, hoping it will help them in the elections.