Utah's four House members disappointed immigration bill fails to pass


President Donald Trump is brushing off the failure of the Republican-led House to pass a far-ranging immigration bill.

It would have provided 25 billion dollars (£19 billion) for Mr Trump to build his coveted border wall with Mexico, restricted family-based immigration and barred the American Homeland Security Department from taking migrant children from parents seized crossing into the country without authorisation.

The bill was killed 301-121, with almost half of Republicans opposing the measure. Last week, he called this bill and the GOP's Securing America's Future Act "extreme measures that seek to allow Republicans to avoid responsibility in an election year for a crisis that they themselves created, rather than actually bringing justice to the more than 1.5 million "Dreamers" who have been waiting for years for Congress to act".

The president's message is a sharp turn from last week when he blamed Democrats for obstructing potential immigration reform and said that Republicans "should stop wasting their time on Immigration" until after the midterms.

Congress had aimed to pass something narrow and fast but in both the House and the Senate, nothing came together before lawmakers left for the week-long 4th of July recess, a symptom - in part - according to aides that came from the Trump administration's own lack of clarity about what they wanted Congress to draft.

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The bill would finance Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, limit legal immigration and curb the separation of migrant families.

"House Republicans should pass the strong but fair immigration bill, known as Goodlatte II, in their afternoon vote today, even though the Dems won't let it pass in the Senate".

The White House supported the bill and Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to encourage Republicans to support it despite dim prospects in the Senate.

The election-year response to the public uproar over the policy comes as a broader immigration package was headed toward likely defeat in the House this week. And that assumes it gets more than the 121 votes the most recent bill got on Wednesday. Two Republicans did not cast votes on Wednesday.

The policy has also resulted in mass detentions for more than 2,000 children who were separated from their parents as a result of a policy which was not always enforced in the past. Those are expected to culminate in a nationwide series of rallies, protests and vigils on Saturday that will take place on streets, community centers and outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities.

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For his part, Speaker Paul Ryan has been sanguine about the looming failure of the bill in recent days, sticking to what has always been his public and private theory: it will take a new deadline on DACA protections to drive some kind of bipartisan consensus on a broad proposal. With the bills rejection, House members will now turn their attention to a much more narrow proposal to write a law that would keep undocumented parents and children together when theyre apprehended crossing the USA border. Almost 700,000 young immigrants don't know if the courts will uphold President Donald Trump's attempt to terminate the program that protects them from deportation.

That's also the opposite of what Democrats want for a trade-off on family separation.

"This only works if Trump's behind us", one member said.

On Monday evening, a group of odd political bedfellows Republican Sens.

"A lot of our members want to be able to express themselves by voting for the policies that they like", Ryan said.

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