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PoliticsCongress scrambles to agree on emergency border bill as White House, liberal Dems clash

17:40  25 june  2019
17:40  25 june  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

House Dems to consider potential changes to border bill after 'very tense' meeting

House Dems to consider potential changes to border bill after 'very tense' meeting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working furiously to push through a multibillion-dollar border funding package amid Democratic infighting over whether the leadership is employing the right strategy to confront a major humanitarian crisis at the border. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Congress is scrambling to do something about the massive influx of illegal immigration that's taking place. Border Patrol and ICE resources are severely drained because of the House Democrats on Friday unveiled a .5 billion bill to address the immigration crisis along America's southern border .

House Democratic leaders scrambled Monday night to rally support for their border funding bill amid a liberal outcry over the Trump administration's treatment of migrant children — and questions over whether the Democrats' proposal.

Congress scrambles to agree on emergency border bill as White House, liberal Dems clash© Provided by Fox News Network LLC A bill to provide $4.5 billion in emergency funding for the escalating humanitarian crisis at the border was on the rocks Tuesday as the White House threatened to veto over restrictions that would "hamstring" immigration enforcement - and liberal Democrats complained the bill did not go far enough to rein in the administration's efforts on that front.

Both the House and the Senate are scrambling to vote on funding ahead of the July 4 recess, amid reports of poor living conditions in government shelters and even deaths of child migrants as growing migrant flows flood across the border.

Border crisis – Congress must provide funds to respond to the emergency, not perpetuate it

Border crisis – Congress must provide funds to respond to the emergency, not perpetuate it The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation last week that would exacerbate the border crisis. House Democrats have somehow managed to produce a legislative proposal that is even worse than the Senate effort. We still have thousands of illegal immigrants pouring across our border every day. Our Border Patrol and ICE agents are short staffed, under-equipped, and if either the Senate or House Democrat bills become law, they will further have their hands tied in trying to bring our southern border under control.

House Democrats on Friday unveiled emergency funding legislation that would provide .5 billion to address the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border .The measure is expected to get a floor vote next week as lawmakers scramble to meet the needs of migrants seeking to enter the United

Castro chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Congress approved a vast spending bill last week providing nearly .4 Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border and say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress ' rejection of the higher amounts.

More than 144,000 migrants were encountered or apprehended at the border in May, many of them unaccompanied minors or family units, severely complicating efforts to house or deport them. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says the money to address humanitarian concerns at the border and in detention facilities runs out at the end of the month.


The House measure provides $2.9 billion for refugee and migrant care and assistance by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), another $1.3 billion for care provided by DHS agencies, and $60 million to reimburse local governments and nonprofits that help shelter migrants. But the White House says it would veto the bill in the current state, claiming it underfunds certain requests and includes toxic policy provisions.

U.S. House passes $4.5 billion border aid bill

U.S. House passes $4.5 billion border aid bill The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $4.5 billion aid package to address the migrant surge along the U.S.-Mexico border, including new standards for migrants in custody following reports of poor conditions facing young children at overcrowded facilities. The Democratic-majority House voted 230-195 to pass the measure, but its future is uncertain. The Republican-run Senate is working on its own version of the bill, and Republican President Donald Trump has vowed to veto the House legislation, with White House officials saying it would hamstring the administration's border enforcement efforts.

President expected to sign bill agreed by Congress but pledges emergency action to build border wall with Mexico. But Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency ignited a new confrontation between the White House and Congress , as a bipartisan chorus of lawmakers expressed concern

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders then shared an image that she said showed Dealt another political blow by Congress over the spending bill , the president has repeatedly Speaking to reporters Friday morning, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the

“After ignoring the Administration’s request for desperately needed funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border for over a month, and despite the efforts of the House minority, the House majority has put forward a partisan bill that underfunds necessary accounts and seeks to take advantage of the current crisis by inserting policy provisions that would make our country less safe,” the White House’s Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.

In particular, the White House pointed to the failure of both the Senate and House bills to provide funding for detention beds, as well as the House bill’s failure to include funding for equipment and courtroom space to support the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which returns illegal immigrants to Mexico while proceedings are held. It also cites a measure that it says hampers HHS' ability to increase its capacity to hold child migrants.

Trump knocks Democrats on 'Open Borders'

Trump knocks Democrats on 'Open Borders' President Trump again took aim at Democrats, accusing the party of supporting "open borders" in a pair of tweets. Trump tweeted that Democratic immigration policy would lead to "violent crime, drugs and human trafficking" as his administration battles public opinion over the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers held in detention facilities across the southern border. "Democrats want Open Borders, which equals violent crime, drugs and human trafficking. They also want very high taxes, like 90%. Republicans want what's good for America — the exact opposite!" he tweeted.

The White House said Thursday that President Trump will sign a must-pass government spending bill even though it lacks border wall funding and then declare a national emergency to pull money for wall construction from other parts of the federal budget.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border , teeing up a clash over billions of dollars

The White House also says the bill fails to provide any funding for Department of Defense assistance to DHS border enforcement effort, and blocks the “administration’s current policy of foreign aid to Northern Triangle countries.”

“Because this bill does not provide adequate funding to meet the current crisis, and because it contains partisan provisions designed to hamstring the Administration’s border enforcement efforts, the Administration opposes its passage,” the statement said.


The Senate bill has some bipartisan support. While it includes some limitations on funding being used for the border wall, it does include funding for DOD assistance, and Republicans in the body have backed it. But the House bill seems unlikely to pick up much, if any, GOP support.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was also facing a rebellion in her own ranks from left-wing members opposed to what they see as any support to the Trump administration’s agenda on immigration.

Senate rejects House-backed version of border aid bill

Senate rejects House-backed version of border aid bill Senate rejects House-backed version of border aid bill

The House bill also leaves out million included in the Senate legislation to cover Immigration and Customs Enforcement pay shortfalls and overtime And though Trump has made the border spending bill a priority, he’s been more focused publicly on the more difficult task of overhauling asylum law.

The House easily voted on Tuesday to block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border , seeking to stop the Representative Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, a veteran lawmaker who once helped manage Republican efforts to remove Bill Clinton from the White House

Asked before the meeting about concerns that Democrats’ push for perfection might result in inaction at the border, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,  called it “a delicate situation.” Afterward, she appeared to leave the door open saying: “My main goal is to keep kids from dying,” before calling the humanitarian bill a “short-term” measure.”

But others weren’t swayed. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said after the meeting: “We cannot continue to throw money at a dysfunctional system. We are not just asking for simple changes to be made into this bill, but to go back to the drawing board and really address this from a humanitarian issue.”

Changes were still being made to the legislation as of Tuesday morning, with it possible that the House Rules Committee could meet as they try and resolve the issues. A senior House source told Fox News early Tuesday that there would likely be changes to the bill, and the measure could come up later in the day for a debate and vote.


But even if both the House and the Senate passed their respective measures, it is not clear that lawmakers will be able to blend the varying bills into one measure and approve that within a few days.

The fight over the bill comes amid a broader negotiation between the two sides on illegal immigrants and asylum seekers. President Trump on Saturday announced he was delaying a planned mass roundup of illegal immigrants by ICE so a fix to the border crisis could be negotiated in Congress.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

House Dems to hold hearing next week on treatment of migrant children.
The House Oversight Committee has scheduled a hearing next week to hear testimony from Trump administration officials about the separation and treatment of immigrant children at the southern border.House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has invited Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan to testify at a hearing on July 12. Neither have confirmed their appearance, according to the committee. "The Trump Administration's actions at the southern border are grotesque and dehumanizing," Cummings said in a statement Tuesday.

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