Republican-backed immigration bill meets huge defeat in US House of Representatives

U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Sessions talks about immigration at the NASRO School Safety Conference at the Peppermill Resort on Monday

A last-ditch effort to get an immigration reform bill through the House was soundly defeated Wednesday, with nearly half of the Republicans joining all Democrats to reject the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act on a 301-121 vote.

But such a measure would not address broader issues like the US$25 billion (S$34 billion) in border wall funding, protections for "Dreamer" immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, and curtailment of legal immigration that were included in the failed Bill.

The bill, consideration of which was postponed twice, received only 121 votes for and 301 votes against, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

A senior congressional aide confirmed White House officials were not very involved in the final round of negotiations over the bill, noting the compromise immigration deal was never meant to pass but was simply intended to blunt the momentum behind a moderate revolt, that almost garnered enough support for a procedural maneuver to force a vote on their own.

The battle over the compromise bill is further frustrating conservatives who believe that Ryan used the leadership's own immigration measure to undercut their immigration proposal, which was defeated last week.

After two roller coaster weeks over whether Trump would support the compromise GOP immigration bill, House Republican aides say guidance from the administration is essential to passing a narrow bill and that leaders are not interested in rushing legislation if it won't have Trump's blessing in the end.

The two consecutive bills that failed on the part of the GOP leave thousands of immigrants trying to enter the United States - most seeking asylum - in limbo to live in detention centers and camps across the country. It was also the latest example of Trump's erratic dealings with Congress. "I think we are proving to ourselves that Republicans can not pass an immigration bill". Once applicants meet the threshold number of points for eligibility, they will qualify for a Green Card, although those with the highest points each year will earn their green cards more quickly.

The House widely rejected the immigration bill in an afternoon vote Wednesday.

The bill also sought to address the issue of children being separated by their parents at the border by allowing the government to detain families together.

But Trump has made clear he still intends immigration to be at the heart of the battle for November's midterm elections, urging Republicans to show their commitment to the hard line that got him elected in 2016 - while ramping up the rhetoric linking weak borders with gang crime, and blaming Democrats for both. The measure, a modified version of a conservative border security and immigration bill from Reps.

"What we witnessed today was a minority of Republicans joining every Democrat in the House to double down on a failed, broken, inefficient, unfair and at times cruel immigration system", Curbelo, R-Fla., steamed after the vote. The group includes Republicans, Sens.

"We can give them 100% of what they wanted, and double it, they still wouldn't pass it", he said. McCarthy, who is hoping to succeed Speaker Paul Ryan as speaker next year, and Trump have forged a close relationship.

The controversy widened Tuesday as 17 states sued the Trump administration for what they alleged was "cruel and unlawful" separation of migrant families.

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