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Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration

18 June 2018

"When the president says he's not going to sign it, just shows how low his standards are", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Hours later he issued a tweet that did little to clear up matters.

A powerful conservative group, Heritage Action, also came out strongly against the bill -urging GOP lawmakers to vote no. Those items are included in the middle-ground package.

"By effectively setting the DACA program in stone, Congress will be providing amnesty-that is, it is rewarding those who came here illegally with legal status, while others waited in line in order to come to the US the right way", the group said.

Adding to the chaos was Trump's insistence on Fox News that any bill would need to include provisions like money for a border wall and tougher border enforcement. He said the legislation is likely the only chance Republicans will have to pass a bill to fund the border wall and protect immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought here as children, known as DREAMers.

"I wouldn't sign the moderate bill".

The New York Post's editorial staff blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end "monstrous" migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as "cruel" and "immoral" U.S. denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE and GOP lawmakers on Sunday over the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has separated families at the border.

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

Underscoring the confusion, leaders canceled plans to use several votes Friday morning on unrelated bills to try rounding up support for the compromise legislation, said another leading Republican, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

The president will head to the Capitol to meet with the House Republican Conference Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

During a Sunday Twitter storm, President Donald Trump said that Democrats and Republicans should work together on an immigration law that would fix the horrific stories flooding the airwaves.

Sessions announced the "zero tolerance" policy for immigrants in April.

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.

The proposed fix won approval from moderate House Republicans locked in hard re-election battles, but not from Republican Senate candidates running competitive races in GOP-leaning states. Both bills have that. Right now, those elected Republicans are applying that template not to an outrageous Trump statement but to an outrageous Trump administration policy, one so morally repugnant that nearly no one, not even the president, is willing to publicly defend it.

Republican backers of that measure, particularly ones from districts with high concentrations of Latino voters, are under increasing pressure to get results. "I really try to look at the policy issues". It beefs up border security, clamps down on illegal entries and reinforces other immigration laws.

In Pennsylvania, Rep. Lou Barletta, the Republican nominee against Democratic Sen.

"I hate it", he told The Associated Press. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border". But he said he wouldn't support an immigration bill unless it also blocked employers from hiring immigrants who are in the US illegally, eliminated "sanctuary cities" and ended family-based migration.

But the White House sought to clarify his remarks later in the afternoon. White House aide Stephen Miller, an immigration hard-liner who has been accused of trying to sabotage immigration deals in the past, told conservative lawmakers at a closed-door meeting that the president backed that plan.

Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration