White House says Trump supports both House immigration bills, after all

  • White House says Trump supports both House immigration bills, after all

White House says Trump supports both House immigration bills, after all

When a reporter mentioned Trump's party controlled both chambers of Congress, the president countered by arguing he needed a bigger majority in the Senate.

"I think it's important for everybody to take a deep breath, look at the bill, judge it on its merits, not what people are saying about the bill", Diaz-Balart said.

The legislation backed by Republican moderates included a provision that would explicitly prohibit the Homeland Security Department from released children who cross with their parents to anyone other than a parent or legal guardian. "Fox and Friends" was broadcasting live from the White House lawn when he tweeted that he was thinking about making an "unannounced trip to see them".

It's unclear if either bill can pass the House given Democrats' opposition to both proposals, and Republicans' deep disagreements on immigration policy.

The confusion engulfed the House chamber during the last vote series of the week and was emblematic of an exercise that members have managed before during tax revisions and health care where Trump famously held a celebration of an Obamacare repeal bill in the White House Rose Garden only to turn around and call the bill "mean" later.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized Trump's stance.

"I certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate" of the two bills, he said.

Ryan said on Wednesday he had been working "hand in glove with the administration" in drafting the measure.

"I thought this was the bill the White House was analyzing in a positive fashion", said another GOP moderate, Leonard Lance of New Jersey.

"I'm looking at both of them", Trump said of the two bills up for consideration. The Democrats forced that law upon our nation.

The comments by Trump effectively end the compromise bill's chances with Republicans. "The Democrats can come to us, as they actually are, in all fairness, we're talking to them, and they can change the whole border security".

The zero-tolerance policy was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April.

But the White House said later that Trump did in fact back the proposal that would protect the Dreamers, as well as the other, more hardline one.

Children who arrive with their parents are being sent to temporary government shelters while their parents go through a legal process. The Dreamer' parents would be "rewarded for bringing their kids here illegally when the whole rationale" of the bill is to help those who are here illegally through no fault of their own, he said. The House does not plan to return to Washington until late Tuesday.

"Clearly he didn't read the bill", Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a moderate who had tried to force a vote on a bipartisan immigration reform bill, told reporters.