Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Durbin: Chicago shelters housing 66 children victimized by ‘cruel’ border policy

Durbin: Chicago shelters housing 66 children victimized by ‘cruel’ border policy

Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump's backing the most - on their big immigration overhaul - he dashed off a presidential tweet on Friday saying they should quit wasting their time on it.

With President Trump suddenly more antagonist than ally, House Republicans confronted the grim reality Friday that they may have no way out of an immigration mess of the president's own making. Dems are just playing games.

But House Republicans are moving forward as planned with efforts to pass immigration legislation, said Represenative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the majority whip.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department has gone to court in an attempt to overturn a decades-old settlement that limits the amount of time migrant children can be locked up with their families to 20 days.

"We'll not rest until our border is secure, our citizens are safe and we end this immigration crisis once and for all", Mr Trump added. He met with parents who had children killed by immigrants in the country illegally to make the point that they are the real victims of weak borders.

One mother, Laura Wilkerson, told the audience about her 18-year-old son Josh, who she said was brutally tortured and beaten to death, then set on fire in 2010.

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security said it had reunited 500 migrant children with their parents after being separated at the border since May.

The Trump Administration created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime. These are the families that the media ignores.

Trump's tweet came one day after the House failed to pass a conservative immigration bill introduced by Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.).

The fact that votes on immigration bills are happening at all is because of an effort by moderate Republicans who grew exhausted of their party's failure to act on immigration.

The audio recording that filled the chamber had been obtained by ProPublica amid the furor around Mr. Trump's now-rescinded child separation policy at the border.

Zenen Jaimes Perez of the Texas Civil Rights Project said immigrant families are still awaiting details from the administration on how parents and children are to be reunited.

"We can not allow our country to be overrun by illegal immigrants, " he tweeted.

Mr Trump's history of turnabouts has made it harder for congressional leaders to win over other lawmakers for the immigration bill.

It was widely assumed the toddler and her mother had been separated under President Donald Trump's now-rescinded policy that resulted in separating families entering the USA illegally.

He acknowledged that passing the bill would be an "uphill fight".

Trump often brought members of "angel families" to events with him during his presidential campaign, and he continued to showcase them at Friday's event to spur action on his signature campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer complained that Republicans are not working with Democrats to consider any changes to the bill.

GOP leaders trying to persuade colleagues to seize the moment and tackle immigration problems by approving the bill, which includes $25 billion for Trump's border wall and a path to citizenship for young immigrants who have lived in the USA illegally since childhood.

"If the president said to a given bill, 'That's my bill, that's the one I want, ' I think that would have a pretty significant impact on our discussions", Byrne said.

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