Trump wanted to use executive order to pass immigration reform

Donald Trump tells Republicans to 'stop wasting time' on immigration

Donald Trump tells Republicans to 'stop wasting time' on immigration

While the USA leader bowed to global outrage over the splitting of families, conflicting messages were contributing to a sense of chaos in the handling of the crisis.

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - Demonstrators led rallies and protests on Saturday to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by U.S. border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers said they aren't convinced the Trump administration has any real plan to reunite them. Trump's comments come as Republicans leadership had been hoping Trump could help sell the immigration legislation to wary members.

A little more than four months before the congressional elections, Mr Trump also took a new shot at Democratic lawmakers, accusing them of spreading "phony stories of sadness and grief" about young immigrants separated from parents by his "zero tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va, said he "absolutely" would continue the immigration push.

Comer, who comes from a district that supported Trump over Clinton by almost 50 points, said he was following Trump on immigration, and he had no reservations about giving the president such wide latitude on policy-making.

President Donald Trump on Friday told his fellow Republicans in Congress to "stop wasting their time" on immigration legislation until after November, dismissing his party's struggle to surmount internal divisions.

The House on Thursday rejected a bill favoured by conservatives that would have halted the practice of splitting up families and addressed a range of other immigration issues.

Discouraged by aides who insisted that such a broad rewrite of the immigration system via executive fiat would be unconstitutional, Trump then demanded aides produce an executive order to curb public discontent with the family separation policy, which he then signed later Wednesday. But it is unclear how the remaining families affected will be reunited.

It was only his latest attack on Democrats over what critics call a humanitarian crisis caused by his decision to separate more than 2,300 migrant children from their parents.

The Trump administration announced plans in April to prosecute all immigrants caught along the southwest border with illegally entering the country.

The president gave the stage to families he says have suffered from "permanent separation" from their loved ones.

"In mid-March - prior to the current children crisis - 51 percent said creating a pathway to citizenship for those brought to the country illegally when they were children should be done first", Rasmussen recounted.

"It's maddening because at every moment I ask myself, 'How is she?".

"She did not tell me anything about how they are eating, or how they are sleeping, and nothing about the school". She warned the President to not "buy" the show.

"There are many more rooms full of women going through the same thing", she said.

Most who hold immigrant parents accountable for being separated from their children at the border do not believe the president is going overboard when it comes enforcing the law on immigrants who break it.

The presiding officer ordered Lieu to stop, but Lieu played the wails for four full minutes.

Hundreds of people rallied near a Homestead, Florida, facility where immigrant children are being held. "Right now we have the dumbest and the worst", he tweeted. "We never really meant to do that".

"We must maintain a Strong Southern Border".

Trump's crackdown hasn't deterred them, at least not yet.

He explained the true nature of the journey of minors from Guatemala, Honduras and other Central American nations, explaining that border agents go into the field with toys, clothes and food - purchased with their own money - to try to help the children they find. "But this is permanent separation". But the bill was delayed to Friday before being pushed back to next week.

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