Trump says he won't sign House immigration compromise measure

GOP Drafts Bill Overturning Policy of Separating Families at Border

Trump: 'I certainly wouldn't sign' House GOP immigration compromise

President Donald Trump said Friday that he would not sign a compromise immigration bill worked out by Republican lawmakers in the House, severely damaging its prospects before a vote planned for next week.

The President himself will have the opportunity to explain his views Tuesday evening at the House Republican conference meeting.

"I need a bill that gives this country tremendous border security", Trump told Fox.

"And then we now have a bill that represents a compromise that is going to be brought to the floor so members can actually vote on legislation tackling this issue and this has a chance of going into law", said Ryan.

During an impromptu appearance on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" Friday morning, Trump shot down the Republican plan that took weeks of work and almost overhauled the House floor schedule with a discharge petition.

Trump said he was looking at the two Republican immigration bills set for a House vote next week. In the other, conservatives who want to crack down on illegal immigration and reduce legal immigration.

GOP aides said Trump's remark caught party leaders off-guard, and White House officials did not immediately respond to requests to clarify the president's comment.

The leader of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus - many of whose members have not yet endorsed the conservative plan - said Trump's backing would be key. Authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), it would drastically cut legal immigration like family-based immigration and a visa lottery.

While President Trump has tried to blame Democrats for the policy, the House is only expected to vote on immigration bills crafted by Republicans.

"There are parts of it that I really don't like, but what I like less is having the status quo", he said.

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The White House later walked back the comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying, in not so many words, that Mr. Trump had been confused.

"I don't want them to move the benchmark to family detention", Lynum told ThinkProgress. But he said he wouldn't support an immigration bill unless it also blocked employers from hiring immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, eliminated "sanctuary cities" and ended family-based migration.

The administration's crackdown on families crossing the border has led to a surge in the number of migrant children held in USA government custody without their parents.

After a day of confusion that threatened the future of the legislation, the White House issued a statement on the record that Trump supported the bill along with a more conservative piece of legislation.

The compromise bill would halt the separation of immigrant families seeking asylum at the border, which has been nearly universally denounced as inhumane.

A powerful conservative group, Heritage Action, also came out strongly against the bill -urging GOP lawmakers to vote no. "He would 100 percent sign either Goodlatte or the other bill".

"What the administration is doing is they're using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build their wall and it's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress", said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA.

The legislation would allow an estimated 1.8 million Dreamers to apply for six-year, indefinitely renewable "non-immigrant" visas to remain in the United States, and provide $25 billion to beef up security at the U.S. -Mexico border, according to a draft measure seen by Reuters.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said "it is very biblical to enforce the law". That version and Goodlatte's bill are scheduled for House votes on Thursday.

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