President Trump: I won't sign the moderate immigration bill

President Trump: I won't sign the moderate immigration bill

President Trump: I won't sign the moderate immigration bill

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump supported both Republican immigration bills being considered in the House of Representatives, offering a lifeline after the president suggested earlier that he opposed the more moderate bill.

President Trump took Capitol Hill by surprise on Friday when he announced he would not sign a House GOP bill on immigration legislation drafted specifically to meet his policy demands.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has said that Trump backs the compromise plan.

The White House told lawmakers Friday that Trump would sign the bill if it passes. "I hate it", he said. "So I'm very disappointed". In this morning's interview, he was commenting on the discharge petition in the House, and not the new package. Only the compromise measure offers a chance at citizenship for young immigrants who arrived in the USA illegally as children.

The measure would also end the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant children from their families when they are apprehended at the border by effectively allowing children to be detained with their parents.

President Donald Trump, facing mounting anger over his administration's "zero tolerance" border security policy, repeated he is incensed about the family separations but continued to blame opposition Democrats for the crisis, which critics say is one of his own making. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, that would provide a pathway to legal status for Dreamers while limiting legal immigration levels.

Rep. Patrick McHenry is the House GOP's second-ranking vote counter. The president, his aides and congressional Republicans have given differing rationales for it: Sessions and Chief of Staff John Kelly said children were being taken away as a deterrent while Republicans in Congress recently said it's based on a 1997 court settlement regarding the treatment of immigrant children in federal custody.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that she is confused why Americans aren't "uprising" against the Trump administration over conditions on the border with Mexico.

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their awful and cruel legislative agenda", he tweeted. The compromise bill's fate is less clear, with some conservatives opposing it for not going far enough.

The leader of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus - many of whose members have not yet endorsed the conservative plan - said Trump's backing would be key.

House leadership officials put together the more moderate bill.

The compromise bill would also provide legal status for recipients and eligible recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, eliminate multiple visa programs including the Diversity Lottery, and allow United States law enforcement to more easily deport unauthorized immigrants. Now the White House is saying that, yes, he will.

A few hours after his driveway performance, Trump tweeted that any immigration overhaul legislation, to garner his signature, must include "full funding" for a U.S. -Mexico border wall, end the so-called "catch-and-release" program, terminate both the Diversity Visa Program and family based immigration programs, and "go to Merit Based Immigration".

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