Donald Trump to GOP officials: Drop immigration issue for now

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Heck, it's not even noon yet.

The bill voted down would not guarantee those immigrants a path to citizenship and would require the mandatory use of a worker verification program.

The image, taken by award-winning photojournalist John Moore, became one of the iconic images used by the media to highlight coverage of the Trump's administration family separation immigration policy. It seemed to be losing - rather than gaining - support ahead of rescheduled voting next week.

In a private meeting late Thursday, party leaders said they would add provisions to the bill in hopes of rounding up the support they need.

"It's a horrifically chilling signal", said another retiring Republican, Rep. Mark Sanford of SC, who recently lost his primary election after frequently criticizing Trump.

The Senate's top Democrat headed to the floor Wednesday morning and said he the odds of both chambers being able to get a bill to the president's desk are "just about zero".

Speaker Paul Ryan had no immediate comment on Friday about the president's change of course.

The shifts offered another reminder to Republican lawmakers of Trump's unreliability as a political partner.

While Trump stresses the importance of securing the border, efforts in Congress to pass a sweeping immigration bill are faltering.

In fact, he does it all the time.

"If a bill isn't passed today, we're going to come back around to the president's four pillars". After Congress approved a budget deal to end a government shutdown in February, Trump turned on lawmakers and threatened to veto it.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters Thursday evening that more issues need to be worked out before the House takes up a vote, after House Republicans met to discuss the matter Thursday afternoon.

The children wrapped themselves in Mylar blankets and sat in the center of a large prayer circle, and clergy and parents prayed over them.

On Thursday, the Pentagon announced military bases were being prepared to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children.

"I think it would be a mistake to do that", Sanford said.

President Donald Trump told Republicans he supported both House Republican immigration bills.

They held posters reading "Child Snatcher" in large letters with photos of Nielsen - who has faced intense scrutiny as the public face of the hardline border policy.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November", he wrote after House Republican leaders on Thursday evening delayed votes on their compromise measure to sometime next week. In a series of tweets, Trump said, "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decades-old problem". Trump told Republicans the party could pass "great legislation" on its own following a "Red Wave!" in November. "That seems like a pretty good starting point", he said.

As Republicans in Congress struggled to reach consensus on immigration legislation, the White House has grappled with fierce criticism in recent weeks over the policy that has separated more than 2,300 children from their families.

By asking Republicans to push off a vote until after the midterm elections, Trump is taking a risk: If Democrats take control of the House, they are unlikely to approve funding for building a wall along the southwest border with Mexico.

The Republican-controlled House earlier on Thursday defeated another, more conservative immigration bill created to significantly reduce visas for legal immigration to the United States and to temporarily protect from deportation young "Dreamers" brought to the country illegally as children.

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