White House says Trump backs GOP immigration bills, despite comments opposing them

But two Republicans on Sunday said they knew of two cases in which a parent who attempted to show up at an official entry point - just as the administration recommends - and still had their children separated.

SNELL: Well, we started the morning with the president saying that he didn't support the moderate bill.

Republican leaders have invited President Trump to visit Capitol Hill this week to try to fix the damage he did when he said he wouldn't sign the immigration compromise that House Republicans had spent months writing.

Images of children held in fenced cages fueled a growing chorus of condemnation from both political parties, four former first ladies and national evangelical leaders.

Until the policy was announced in the spring, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.

Departing Capitol Hill, Trump said briefly he had a "great meeting" with his fellow Republicans.

But the White House later said Mr Trump did in fact back the proposal that would protect the Dreamers, and the other, more hardline one. "But we had a great meeting".

Trump has tried to blame Democrats for his own administration's policy, tweeting Saturday that they "can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!"

The president reiterated his election-year message that more Republicans will be needed in Congress to enact his immigration policies, which he believes most Americans support. The White House later put out a statement saying the president misspoke and supports both House bills.

But the compromise bill still isn't assured passage.

McHenry tells reporters Republicans won't "take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump".

Without Democratic support, Republicans can not muster the 60 votes needed to move forward on legislation.

But this set of rules for minors - and the White House's objections - existed well before the new zero tolerance policy.

She said many supporters contacted the group asking to participate. He made the comment Friday after Trump told reporters that he won't sign a "moderate" bill. GOP lawmakers want to tout economic numbers and their tax cut bill, but the president is keeping the spotlight on the contentious issue of immigration instead.

And in a speech, he strayed from his prepared remarks to express frustration about the issue and said he planned to make changes to the legislation.

Still, negotiators on both sides of the GOP said they were not ready to endorse the draft. So Ryan gets to keep his job for 200 more days, thwarts the will of the House majority and avoids offending Donald Trump.

But Ryan offered no guarantees that the House will pass a bill that ends a policy that has drawn widespread criticism from lawmakers, human rights groups and U.S. Catholic bishops. One, sponsored by Rep.

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The draft legislation, resulting from intense negotiations between moderates and conservatives, includes a path to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million young immigrants in the country illegally. "But some of the members of the conference have insisted that they have the opportunity to vote on both bills so that's what happened". Ted Cruz of Texas introduced legislation that the White House said it was reviewing, and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus, also introduced a measure.

In the Senate, meanwhile, Republicans are rallying behind a different approach.

Families Belong Together coordinator Shannon Heesacker McClain said politics should not keep families apart.

The administration's new zero-tolerance policy, which requires prosecution of people arriving illegally at the border, has driven up the number of immigrant children in government shelters in the almost two months since it began.

"This is simply another effort on the part of the federal government to force local jurisdictions to enforce immigration law, when that's not what we're supposed to be doing", said David Campos, the deputy county executive for Santa Clara County, which has passed a sanctuary policy. That entailed detaining families, then letting them go into the United States while serving them with a court date.

"Zero tolerance" means that when a family is caught sneaking into the US, the parents now are routinely referred for criminal prosecution, even if they have few or no previous offences.

The compromise bill and a more conservative immigration plan could get a vote as early as next week. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border".

The result will be either nothing passes, or the fraudulent "compromise" - created to give some endangered House Republicans phony talking points in the fall - squeaks through. Hooray, isn't that nice. It had been one of those things where they were fighting between Republicans and Democrats, and this moves it into a space where it is squarely a fight between Republicans about what an immigration bill should do. But Republican leaders say the compromise bill this week could be the key to passing the first major immigration legislation of the Trump administration.

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