Donald Trump says he 'wouldn't sign' GOP leaders' immigration bill

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He said "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order".

"We have one chance to get it right; we might as well get it right or let's just keep it going, but let's do it right", Trump said.

That effort, part of a major immigration bill in the House of Representatives, threatens to undermine sanctuary policies across California by making jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities liable for some crimes committed by undocumented immigrants they release. It is one of the rare instances where Republican leaders in Congress have been willing to publicly rebuke the president on policy and actively consider legislation to oppose him.

Then in the early evening, White House spokesman Raj Shah released a written statement publicly pledging support for two House Republican bills and explaining the mix-up.

Although Amodei is leaning toward the compromise bill, he said both could be subject to change through amendments before the House votes. "In this morning's interview, he was commenting on the discharge petition in the House, and not the new package". He made the comment Friday after Trump told reporters that he won't sign a "moderate" bill.

"I don't think we should have to choose between enforcing the law and keeping families together", Cornyn said.

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., said the bill would cover all of the estimated 1.8 million Dreamers, not just the smaller subset who received coverage under DACA.

Ryan said on Wednesday he had been working "hand in glove with the administration" in drafting the measure.

On Friday, the president said he had no intention of signing the compromise bill. That's a consistent theme.

But Trump touched on many topics during the meeting, including his historic meeting with the North Korean Kim Jong Un.

Afterward, he told reporters: "The president has been extremely supportive of what [GOP Reps.] Raul Labrador and Bob Goodlatte and Steve Scalise are doing to unify the Republican Conference".

But two conservative provisions are likely to prevent almost all Democrats, and perhaps some moderate Republicans, from supporting the bill.

On Friday, Trump sowed a fresh round of confusion over an eleventh-hour GOP plan to bring up immigration legislation ahead of the midterm elections.

The proposal scuttles the Diversity Visa Program and scales back family-based immigration visas, while offering a path to citizenship to dreamers that is contingent on the provision of border wall funding. I think this is a profile in courage. "It's the only shot I believe to legalize the DREAMers, to stop the deportation of the DREAMers".

Mindful of the national outcry, lawmakers in both parties rushed Monday to devise a targeted legislative fix.

Congressional Republicans are racing to find legislative options to stop a White House policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the US border amid widespread condemnation of the practice.

Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, is also working on legislation that would expedite hearings and avoid pulling children away from their parents.

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The White House says Democrats are responsible for changing the nation's immigration laws.

President Trump continued to cast blame on Democrats, tweeting: "Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws?"

Critics of the policy, however, say the bill would not force the Trump administration to end the practice. He defended the policy shift in his remarks on Thursday. "I think it's a terrible election point".

The more conservative measure is seen as virtually certain to lose.

Immigration has long divided Republicans in the House, whose districts vary greatly.

But the power to end both situations still rests with the White House.

As of last month, 18 of 31 assistants to the president have left their posts - along with six who came in as replacements - marking the highest level of turnover of top staff of any recent administration, according to an analysis by Martha Kumar, director of the nonpartisan White House Transition Project. He called the House bill "a rehash of old unworkable ideas, showing a lack of guts and respect for our Constitution".

"The president fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", Shah said.

"That is what has in my opinion the best chance of passing and getting 218 votes". And it kind of became a chaotic day.

"They like what's in the bill", he said. Is that still the plan? And it puts a lot of pressure on leaders because they now really own this issue of immigration.

No GOP senators, however, have signed on to the bill, which would need 60 votes to move forward.

And it's particularly important to a lot of these guys, like Mario Diaz-Balart from Florida, who's helping organize the moderates. Eventually, they could apply for citizenship.

The bill also would address a growing concern on the border: the separation of parents from their children. Congress has not been able to pass comprehensive immigration legislation for several decades. Tease out these two issues. The text also includes an increase in immigration enforcement officers and language meant to end the practice of separating families detained at the border.

The policy change was meant to deter unlawful crossings - and Sessions issued a warning last month to those entering the US illegally that their children "inevitably for a period of time might be in different conditions".

SNELL: It is a policy choice. Though it's important to note a lot of Republicans don't support the way the White House is interpreting this.

Barletta said his party should "absolutely" fear a political backlash from its base this fall should Republicans push through the current compromise.

CORNISH: That's NPR's Kelsey Snell.

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