Trump reverses family separation policy after tech, political backlash

Trump says he'll be'signing something on detained children

The US president also added that his wife, Melania Trump, has traveled to McAllen, Texas to visit a border detention facility where children are being held, Reuters reported. And prospects look dim for a second Republican proposal, the "compromise" bill, which was abruptly rescheduled for a Friday vote.

"Initially there was the Goodlatte-McCaul bill, and the votes weren't there to pass that bill", Scalise told reporters Wednesday. So it was a bit surprising Thursday when the legislation ended up only 20 votes short of a passing threshold.

Yes, the bill failed. And finding the last 20 votes for the proposal would be very hard, if not impossible.

Congress has been struggling with immigration reform for decades.

Republican leaders thought they had an agreement between conservatives and moderates, but the conservatives balked, saying the bill had too many mistakes and didn't do enough to pressure businesses against hiring illegal immigrants.

The House of Representatives planned to vote on Thursday on two bills created to halt the practice of separating families and to address other immigration issues.

Mr Cruz's bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorise new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days - a goal immigrant advocates say would be hard to meet. And for Trump, the less-than-emphatic sales pitch might have been just that: Rather than owning the immigration failure in the House, the president distanced himself and showed he didn't really care anyway.

The House bill sets up a certain clash with the Senate, which is looking to make mostly modest adjustments to existing agriculture programs in its bill without picking a fight over food stamps.

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Again, weird, coming from an immigrant herself - unless you want to use pretzel logic and call it ironic. Twitter users were quick to criticise the first lady's jacket faux pas and the not-so-hidden message.

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Another, Rep Lou Barletta, who is running for Senate in Pennsylvania, told Trump at the meeting he would have to remain a no vote for a bill that many conservatives consider to offer amnesty. Suddenly, it matters a great deal by how many votes the bill fails. Members are meeting later Thursday, and it's possible the bill could be rescheduled back to later in the day. The California Republican contends that various parts of the agreement negotiators reached on the compromise bill have been broken by the Freedom Caucus. More than three dozen Republicans joined Democrats to kill the legislation.

Some moderate Republicans said they could start another petition drive next month, though they would have an even bigger climb and only a couple of weeks to gather signatures before the next window for action closes.

Meanwhile, the Senate is working on a narrower compromise bill focusing on the family separations. A federal court challenge has kept the DACA programme running for now.

While only a short term solution, the DOJ requested the changes because circumstances have changed since the original order was filed. News reported that the government dropped charges against 17 migrants, each of them parents. "That seems unlikely. The court refused to allow the Obama administration to detain children for long periods in response to the influx of Central Americans in 2014".

In a rare public reversal, President Trump says the US will allow undocumented families to stay together, even with his "zero tolerance" border policy in place.

Trump had tweeted early Wednesday, before issuing his order: "It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation". He said the Republican bills are the only options that could get a signature from the president.

"I actually think we're advancing the cause even if something doesn't necessarily pass", he said at a press conference ahead of the vote.

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