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Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

2000 minors split from parents at USA border in only 6 weeks

2000 minors split from parents at USA border in only 6 weeks

Compromise in peril: House Republicans were poised to float two immigration plans, the more moderate of which would hit many of Trump's wishes (including $25 billion for border security) while ending the separation policy, reports the Hill.

"I'm looking at both of them", Trump said when asked on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" about the two bills.

"There are members wanted to have votes on their issues, there were members who wanted to have vote on the Goodlatte-McCaul bill, they're gonna get that".

Critics have expressed outrage at these policies, sharing upsetting stories of parents saying they had no idea they were being separated, of overcrowded conditions in detention centers, and, in at least one case, a parent being overwhelmed with emotion and committing suicide after having his toddler and wife separated from him.

On the call, Department of Homeland Security also said that prosecutions have more than doubled, but acknowledges they are not now at 100%.

"No, I haven't heard [from them]", the president said nonchalantly.

"The president has already laid out a proposal that closes the legal loopholes and provides the resources to secure our border", Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday. There is no law that requires this, despite what the president says.

House Republicans who spent months carefully crafting an immigration reform plan found themselves not rounding up votes on Friday but refreshing their phone messages to see if a presidential tweet would blow up the entire effort.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has gone on the record to say the Senate will not take up an immigration bill that does not have President Trump's support. He made the comment Friday after Mr. Trump told reporters that he won't sign a "moderate" bill.

Republicans planned votes next week on a hard-right immigration measure and a middle-ground package negotiated between the party's moderate and conservative wings.

The interviewer had specifically asked whether Trump supported a conservative bill penned by Rep. Many members were desperate to believe that the President had either been referring to another bill or would reverse course later in the day - while conservatives cheered the President as rightfully demanding changes to the bill.

But White House officials haven't been able to cite any part of US law that requires the policy, which was initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. His comment deals an apparent damaging blow to GOP lawmakers hoping to push legislation through the House next week.

The measure released Thursday sticks to Trump's immigration priorities while trying to unite the party's conservative and moderate factions.

Dreamers is a term for a group of immigrants, mostly Hispanic, who were brought illegally over U.S. borders when they were children and have been living for years in limbo.

Both the Republican bills under discussion, which have been blasted by Democrats and immigration advocacy groups as being too harsh, would fund the wall that Trump wants to build on the southwest border with Mexico.

Sanders: Hey, Brian, I know you want to get more TV time, but that's not what this is about.

Trump's words are causing confusion among GOP leaders, who have said Trump backs the compromise.

Before the on-the-record statement, the White House official told CNN on Friday after the tweet that Trump did indeed support the House compromise immigration bill, despite saying otherwise in the morning.

The family separations are occurring as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy for those entering the country illegally.

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