Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaos

Demonstrators led rallies and protests Saturday to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by US border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers said they aren't convinced the Trump administration has any real plan to reunite them.

Meanwhile, some hard-line conservatives who are opposed to the compromise measure were cheering Trump's tweet on Friday, a sign of the impact they think it will have. He previously insisted Mexico would pay for the separation barrier, a notion Mexico has repeatedly and adamantly rejected.

"It hasn't been good and the American people don't like the idea that we are separating families", Sessions said on CBN.

While Republicans have a majority in the Senate, there are enough Democrats to allow them to filibuster funding for the border wall and increased enforcement as Trump wants.

It was widely expected to fail in the chamber, and was defeated 231-193.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November", Trump tweeted.

Simply put, the House can not pass a Republican-only bill that bolsters border security and provides legal stability for up to 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who were brought here illegally by their parents or overstayed visas as children.

Last Tuesday, he privately told House Republicans that he backed their legislation "1,000 percent".

In Florida, Argentine immigrant Maria Bilbao said she joined the protest because she came to the country 17 years ago with her then-9-year-old son and understands the fear of being separated from a child.

Authorities can bypass due process protections with the expedited removals policy that allows quick deportations if an immigrant is apprehended within 100 miles (160 km) of the border and has been in the country less than 14 days. The House also postponed, likely until next week, a vote on a more moderate bill in order to try to drum up more support. "Having been through these meetings and seeing that there was very little left on the table, I am very concerned that that might not happen, and that grieves me", he said.

The policy shift faces legal challenges because of a court order that put a 20-day cap on how long minors can be detained, and the Trump administration has called for legislation to find a permanent fix.

The House Republican immigration overhaul is dangling precariously.

If a bill makes it through the House, it would still have to be supported by several Senate Democrats to pass both houses.

The children have been separated from their parents, while crossing into the U.S illegally.

Polls, however, indicate that Trump's immigration policies are unpopular with USA voters.

The Freedom Caucus chairman was reportedly furious with Mr Ryan for leaving out two provisions from the bill, but the two Republicans later said their absence had been the result of a misunderstanding.

Calling Democrats "obstructionists" and accusing them of not caring about border security, Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that voters need to elect more Republicans.

Amid confusion over Trump's efforts to roll back the policy of family separations, officials said on Thursday the USA military has been asked to get ready to house up to 20,000 immigrant children.

The Trump administration had been taking children away from adults at the southern border.

The more conservative bill would deny the chance of future citizenship to "Dreamers" - immigrants brought illegally into the United States years ago when they were children.

  • Rogelio Becker