Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Conservative Columnist George Will: Vote Against GOP In Midterms

Conservative Columnist George Will: Vote Against GOP In Midterms

For now, the personal toll is high for those caught in Immigration and Customs Enforcement's net.

An ICE officer replied in a note in English: "I do not have this information".

Right now, about 2,300 children are in the US without their parents after they were forced apart at the country's border in Texas.

Federal immigration courts faced a backlog of more than 700,000 cases in May, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, at Syracuse University.

The fate of 2,300 children wrested from their parents at the USA border with Mexico remained unclear Friday two days after Donald Trump ended migrant family separations, as the president accused Democrats of spinning "phony" tales of suffering for electoral gain.

President Donald Trump on Friday put a spotlight on families who lost loved ones killed by undocumented immigrants - calling them victims of "permanent separation" - as he sought to shift the attention away from his administration's recently halted policy of separating migrant families at the border.

"We're gathered today to hear from the American victims of illegal immigration", he said.

"She said she never wants to come back, and that this experience has been so traumatizing", Cortes Romero said.

The uncertainty at the border resulted after Trump abruptly reversed policy in the face of an worldwide outcry over the separation of families. We can not allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections.

Both bills had received backing from Trump but were rejected by Democrats and immigration advocacy groups as too harsh.

"Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world", Trump said on Twitter.

Trump has tweeted that "Republicans should stop wasting their time" on the issue until after the elections, when he thinks the GOP will gain strength in Congress.

He accused Democratic members with "just playing games" and having "no intention" of helping Republicans "to solves this decades old problem".

In an effort to squash that effort, House Speaker Paul Ryan brokered a deal with his entire caucus to vote on two immigration proposals: the conservative bill that just failed in the House, and another "compromise" bill that provides protections for some immigrants but also gives President Donald Trump some of his legislative priorities such as wall funding and narrower cuts to legal immigration.

All 435 seats in the House and a third of the 100-member Senate will be contested in the November election.

Republican leaders delayed a vote Thursday on what was billed as a compromise measure to fund border security and address legal status for young immigrants brought to the USA unlawfully as children, as they try to win more support for the bill.

Fence-sitting Republicans or those otherwise opposed to the legislation said they felt little pressure to come on board the compromise bill or a measure favored by conservatives that was defeated on Thursday.

The president, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have all appeared on Capitol Hill this week to urge makers to pass immigration legislation.

Mike Coffman, a Republican in the House of Representatives, called on Trump on Thursday to fire senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, who has pushed for a hardline approach to immigration.

"It takes the wind out of the sails in what might have been a fairly productive weekend in terms of looking for a compromise", Sanford told CNN.

Despite Trump's stance, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the chamber would press ahead on legislation next week.

"I was welcomed here", a tearful Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., said during House debate, describing her journey to the a child from Guatemala. That would be a sharp increase from the 2,500 beds available for families in the last fiscal year.

Also Friday, a group of almost a dozen independent human rights experts commissioned by the United Nations said the new US policy "may lead to indefinite detention of entire families in violation of worldwide human rights standards".

The bill would also allow children to stay with their parents who are detained for crossing the border illegally.

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