Smucker Statement on Border Security and Immigration Reform Act

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The bill also earmarked $25 billion for Trump's border wall and other security measures, ended the diversity visa lottery program and imposed limits on family-based migration. According to Bloomberg, the attempt to come up with legislation that would appeal to moderate and conservative Republicans failed, 121 to 301.

Wednesday's bill - negotiated between hardline anti-immigrant and more moderate Republican factions - is considered a "compromise" compared to last week's failed conservative legislation slashing even legal immigration.

More than a dozen states sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its separation of migrant children and parents at the US-Mexico border, saying President Donald Trump's order last week ending the breakups was illusory.

Senate Democrats and Republicans have been exploring possible legislation to ban the separation of immigrant children from their families and require rapid reunification of children taken from their parents under "zero tolerance".

Trump's tweet encouraged House Republicans to "PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY".

In rambling speech, Trump renews attacks on immigrants: "They will come by the millions." GOP aides said Republicans had yet to agree on bill language, and the effort was complicated by a federal judge who ordered that divided families be reunited with 30 days.

The Department of Justice in Southern California is so overwhelmed with immigration cases, they've been unable to prosecute as many drug smugglers. House Republican leaders initially planned to vote on both measures the same day, but postponed the vote in hopes of shoring up support.

Trump has made clear he still intends immigration to be at the heart of the battle for November's mid-term elections, urging Republicans to show their commitment to the hard line that got him elected in 2016 - while ramping up the rhetoric linking weak borders with gang crime, and blaming Democrats for both.

As such, and through a purely Irish reform lens, neither bill would have met the criteria necessary to be dubbed a true comprehensive immigration reform measure.

Democrats opposed the bill, calling the family separation component weak and the broader reforms to the immigration system too harsh.

Lawmakers left Washington this week without passing a single bill to address what has been a months-long saga for parents and children who have been separated despite calls from all sides of the political spectrum to act.

In setting the terms of debate on immigration, Republican leadership had included a provision that blocked that petition from going forward, which Welch said sets a precedent. It also says Trump's executive order on June 20 to stop the family separations was "illusory".

A far-reaching Republican immigration bill is careening toward likely House rejection. Leaders have so far been unable to bridge the divide, and the fight is fueling accusations that they are out of step with members of their conference.

"This bill is even stronger than the last bill at building the wall, front-loading the money, so President Trump can have the money to build the wall, close loopholes, re-unite families, all of those things", Scalise said.

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