WASHINGTON (AP) – Days after insisting that Congress act immediately, President Donald Trump is telling Republicans to “stop wasting their time” on immigration until after the November elections.
In Friday morning tweets, Trump says Democrats have “no intention” of supplying the votes necessary to pass legislation on the issue and says “We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”
Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018
Trump had traveled to Capitol Hill as recently as Tuesday to sell GOP lawmakers on embracing immigration bills pushed by House leadership and to take action to halt the separation of migrant families at the border.
Republican leaders delayed a vote Thursday on what was billed as a compromise measure to fund border security and address legal status for young immigrants brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children, as they try to win more support for the bill.
The House Republican immigration overhaul is dangling precariously. It is imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions – and by President Trump’s running commentary about a bill he only half-heartedly supported and then suggested would never become law.
Republican leaders were twice forced to postpone final voting, first until Friday and then punting it to next week, as negotiators made a last-ditch push for support.
They were 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 U.S. illegally since childhood.
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