"I don't want them to move the benchmark to family detention", Lynum told ThinkProgress. In an interview on "Fox & Friends" Friday morning, President Donald Trump announced that he will not sign a moderate immigration bill.
"There's just not much of an appetite to cut legal immigration", Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst with the libertarian Cato Institute said to The Fix earlier this week, calling it a fringe issue for "immigration restrictionists".
In an exchange with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a raucous press briefing on Thursday, CBS News reporter Paula Reid-who covers legal affairs and the Trump Justice Department-called out White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' erroneous claim that the Trump administration is merely following the law when it rips young children from their mothers' arms. House Republicans had been working with White House aides including Marc Short and Stephen Miller to ensure the president's support in the event it reached his desk.
Approaching controversial, comprehensive legislation is generally considered extremely hard, or undesirable, in an election year, and Republicans are vulnerable in the House this November.
The interviewer had specifically asked whether Trump supported a conservative bill written by Representative Bob Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia, or "something more moderate", and asked whether he'd sign "either one".
"The practice of separating children from their parents at the border is inhumane, it's barbaric and it's abusive", says Sharon Golden, of Together We Will L.I. "If you're a Republican and you're facing a challenging political environment and the president who is very popular in your district, not mine, says that he's against this bill, why in the world would you vote in favor of it?"
Both bills have stringent border security provisions.
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One White House official reportedly emailed The Hill, "Yes, we fully support both the Goodlatte bill and the Leadership bill".
Dreamers is a term for a group of immigrants, mostly Hispanic, who were brought illegally over United States borders when they were children and have been living for years in limbo. The petition will succeed if two more Republicans sign it.
Republican leaders this week announced a plan to vote on two immigration bills next week.
But he also repeated the falsehood that Democrats, now in the minority in Congress, are responsible for a law that mandates family separations. The reasoning is linked to a 1997 court case that requires children to be sheltered in the least restrictive immigration facility possible.
"This bill is an amnesty for the parents of DACAs as well", said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports restricting immigration.
Children who arrive with their parents are being sent to temporary government shelters while their parents go through a legal process.
The comments came as House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans said they were not comfortable with family separations. The Dreamer' parents would be "rewarded for bringing their kids here illegally when the whole rationale" of the bill is to help those who are here illegally through no fault of their own, he said.