WASHINGTON -Saturday, June 16, 2018- On Friday, The White House said, ‘President Donald Trump supported both Republican immigration bills being considered in the House of Representatives, offering a lifeline after the president suggested earlier that he opposed the more moderate bill’. He added, “I certainly wouldn’t sign the more moderate” of the two bills, I need a bill that gives this country tremendous border security. I have to have that”.
Just after the president’s post, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s leadership team suspended their Friday plans to support for the more moderate of the two draft bills, which would protect 1.8 million “Dreamers” from deportation and provide them a path to citizenship.
Dreamer is a term for a group of immigrants, mostly Hispanic, who were brought illegally over U.S. borders when they were children and have been living for years in limbo. While most have attended American schools, they have also lived under the threat of deportation. But the White House said later that Trump did in fact back the proposal that would protect the Dreamers, as well as the other, more hardline one.
Since last September, Trump’s conflicting messages about Dreamers and immigration legislation has helped create a chaotic atmosphere both in Congress and for the Dreamers.
White House spokesman, Raj Shah replied in his statement, “The president fully supports both the (Representative Bob) Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill. “He would sign either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills.”
Trump posted on Twitter, “Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery, and Chain, and go to Merit-Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!”
Both the Republican bills were under discussion, which has been issued by Democrats and immigration advocacy groups as being too harsh, would fund the wall that Trump wants to build on the southwest border with Mexico. Both would lower the legal migration, by denying visas for some relatives of U.S. residents and citizens who are living abroad.
Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, issued a schedule for next week that included “possible consideration of legislation related to border security and immigration.”