Republicans aim to debate immigration bill next week, ignoring Trump plea

It comes as Melania Trump visited two Texas facilities housing some of the 2,300 migrant children sent by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally. The word "permanently" being the word that you have to think about...

Republicans hoped to vote on that "compromise" Friday (after a far-right alternative went down in flames Thursday) - but the president appeared to dash those hopes with an early-morning tweet.

Mr Trump said that even if a measure passed, it was doomed in the Senate.

Members of Congress are set to vote on new U.S. immigration measures, but President Donald Trump has suggested Republicans' plans could be doomed.

But regardless of how the autographs came to be, people said the White House event was positioned to push Trump's inaccurate claims about undocumented immigrants-and that the autographs on the photos were gaudy.

That said, there is one narrow piece of immigration policy that Congress might actually be able to pass: namely, some measure that prevents immigration authorities from separating migrants from their children.

The federal public defender's office for the region that covers El Paso to San Antonio said in an email that prosecutors will no longer charge parents with illegally entering the US if they have children with them.

"These changes are justified by several material changes in circumstances-including the ongoing and worsening influx of families unlawfully entering the United States at the southwest border", the statement said. The bill would provide $25 billion for Trump's border wall, offer a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants and would keep families together who illegally cross the U.S. -Mexico border.

The US House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a bill favoured by conservatives that would have halted the practice of splitting up families and addressed a range of other immigration issues. Hours later Republican leaders postponed final voting on what was billed as a compromise immigration package until next week as negotiators made a last-ditch push for support. Sixty votes are needed to end filibusters. The roll calls would let Republicans assert to voters that they tried addressing the immigration problem.

"You're talking about young people who are experiencing traumas, going through the journey of migration, fleeing extreme violence, and are now being put in the worst possible situation", said Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the NY mayor's Office of Immigration Affairs.

So, to get a DREAM Act to the floor, moderate Republicans started a discharge petition - a rarely used parliamentary maneuver that allows 218 House members to force a vote over a Speaker's opposition.

Finding space is not the only hurdle: Under a 1997 court settlement that the Trump administration is trying to overturn, children can be held with their parents in detention centers for no more than 20 days. A federal court challenge has kept the DACA program running for now.

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