Republican neocons risking conservative backlash over immigration

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Republican neocons risking conservative backlash over immigration

Top congressional Republicans and White House aides struggled to understand Trump's comment. The president has hinted he favors the more conservative measure.

Jackson says that in the past "the government tolerated lynching just like they tolerated slavery".

"These laws are the same that have been on the books for over a decade and the president is simply enforcing them", Sanders claimed, adding that it's "moral policy to follow and enforce the law".

"Sounds like it will be a no from me", said Democratic Representative Jose Serrano of NY after hearing the details.

One White House official who was watching the interview in a room with others said there were audible gasps when the President made the comment as staff immediately realized the potential consequences of the President's remarks. Ryan put down a rebellion in his own caucus and headed off a clean DACA authorization that nearly succeeded in coming to the floor via a discharge petition, promising to allow both groups to craft their own bills for floor votes. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to address the matter publicly by name.

The compromise bill is the product of weeks of negotiations among lawmakers as House Republican leaders moved to defuse a rebellion from moderates seeking action to protect young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

"WH official tells @PamelaBrownCNN that Trump "misunderstood" the question about immigration this morning and does indeed support the GOP compromise bill - despite saying on Fox he doesn't".

On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans were working "hand-in-glove" with the White House on the proposal, and White House adviser Stephen Miller expressed support for the bill in a private meeting with Republicans.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, is the House GOP's second-ranking vote counter.

The interviewer had specifically asked whether Trump supported a conservative bill penned by Rep.

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.

The other is a conservative Republican measure that would sharply reduce legal immigration, build a wall on the Mexican border and deny Dreamers the chance of citizenship.

"Once we have clarity on that, then we'll see what next steps we can take in the House", he said.

President Donald Trump will head to Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening to discuss immigration with the House Republican conference, three sources tell CNN. While the compromise legislation is the closest lawmakers have been in years to pushing forward, it's unclear if it will have enough votes. Only the compromise measure offers a chance at citizenship for young immigrants who arrived in the US illegally as children.

"This bill hardly fulfills President Trump's bold promise to fix immigration, and sure isn't a winning message for the GOP in the midterms", Mr. Hauman said.

Both the conservative and compromise bills would provide money for Trump's long-sought border wall with Mexico.

Democrats are opposed to both bills, and neither measure is expected to pass.

The deal now hinges on Trump's support, or lack of it.

In a political maneuver one commentator described as a "monstrous" attempt to "use functionally kidnapped children as literal hostages" to advance an extremist anti-immigrant agenda, House Republicans are circulating a legislative plan that would limit the Trump administration's family separation policy while simultaneously ramming through cuts to legal immigration and billions in border wall funding.

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