According to the latest numbers from the administration there are still more than 2,000 children in Department of Health and Human Services custody that have yet to be reunited with their parents with little clarity as to how long such an arduous process may take.
The tally also seemed to empower GOP conservatives on the fraught issue. A more moderate Republican bill did better, but was still unable to clear the GOP chamber with a losing vote of 231-193. Democrats oppose the wall as costly, ineffective and unnecessary at a time when overall border crossings are down. "We can not compromise our country's future by creating a special path for those not willing to wait in line".
The bill would have required children to be released after 20 days, still apart from parents who continued to be detained.
The House may vote next month, after its July 4 recess, on a measure that would focus specifically on the family separations issue.
But that seemed unlikely.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., a member of the GOP leadership, said she will work with the administration and lawmakers on "a solution that addresses the problem in the most practical and appropriate manner, especially in light of yesterday's court decision".
Last Friday, he urged Republicans to stop wasting time on the effort until after the November elections.
"We need Democratic votes in the Senate and that's why I don't get overly excited with the House bill right now because it's not going to pass in the Senate, you're not going to get the Democrats to vote for anything", Trump told reporters. Even Donald Trump's endorsement failed to eliminate the deep division within the caucus on a bill that probably had no chance in the Senate anyway.
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This includes activities such as charity work, voluntary teaching, or military instruction with the police, fire service or army. The French government's plan is a potential model for what a "softer and gentler" 21st-century national service could look like.
What has changed is that immigration agents have temporarily stopped charging border crossers if they arrive with children. The bill had criminalised the process and suggested deportation of 40 to 50 per cent of unauthorised immigrants who entered via a visa.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he intends to look at a narrower measure aimed at stopping the policy of family separation. But conservatives relish such tough stances.
"Some people think you can tinker with it, but the folks that have been negotiating, I think, are done tinkering", Massie said.
Democrats never were included in the negotiations that led to the legislation and none of them voted for it.
Shortly before the vote, Rep.
The proposal, which had been called a "compromise" bill by Republicans, would have provided some respite to youth brought to the country illegally as minors, as well as some $25 million in funding for part of a wall along the border with Mexico, which President Donald Trump desperately wants.
Trump, who has sent mixed messages about his support for the proposed legislation, has faced renewed outrage in recent weeks over his policy of separating families at the border.
The Senate is trying craft bipartisan legislation keeping families together.