Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaos

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Laura Wilkerson, whose son was killed in 2010 by an undocumented immigrant, told audience members: "None of our kids had a minute to say goodbye".

"What is the objective of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms)", Trump tweeted.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks with reporters in advance of votes on two broad immigration bills, deriding the Republican immigration legislation as a "compromise with the devil", at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018.

The first bill would have provided almost $25 billion for a border wall, made steep cuts to legal immigration programs, and provided temporary legal status for young people brought into the country as children.

Visas - The conservative bill eliminates the diversity lottery and family visas for relatives other than spouses and minor children.

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He added: "Republicans should stop wasting their time on immigration until after we elect more senators and Congressmen/women in November".

Despite Republican control of both the House and the Senate, the party's slim 51-49 majority in the latter chamber makes some Democratic support necessary for most legislation to become law. "If we don't do it, you will be inundated with people and you really won't have a country", Trump said.

Representative Carlos Curbelo, one of the lawmakers negotiating a Republican compromise immigration bill in the House, said the effort was continuing. The status of the so-called Dreamers has been in limbo since federal courts blocked Trump's attempts past year to rescind a temporary deportation-relief program.

It was part of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy - a signature campaign promise of Mr Trump - but the reversal has created uncertainty for the migrants and the federal agencies in charge of prosecuting and detaining them.

Thousands more remain in custody and HHS has not released information as to how many, if any, have been reunited with parents.

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Parents crossing the border illegally with children were earlier referred to immigration courts, rather than being detained. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has set up a hotline for parents to call after they are released from custody.

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The proposal, negotiated by moderate and conservative Republicans, would provide a citizenship path for young unauthorized immigrants and keep migrant families together when they are stopped at the border.

Since 2003, the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded almost $5 billion in grants through the the Office of Refugee Resettlement, mostly to religious and nonprofit organizations in 18 states, to house children who arrive in the country unaccompanied.

He had said only Congress could solve the problem, before doing an about-face and issuing the executive order under pressure from his wife and eldest daughter.

"We want to secure our borders", Ryan said, to keep the flow of heroin, opioids and other narcotics out of the country.

"I don't know how it happens".

"As we started to look at that original bill, there's been a full-court press in the last 48 hours on the compromise bill", Meadows said.

Apart from the demerits of the Ryan "compromise", there is also the likelihood, acknowledged by Trump in a tweet, that the Senate won't pass this legislation.

Beyond that, however, there was nothing but frustration and worry for numerous parents separated from their children and placed in detention centres for illegally entering the country over the past several weeks.

Republicans have never been able to pass a big immigration overhaul on their own, despite talking about the issue for years.

"You're talking about young people who are experiencing traumas, going through the journey of migration, fleeing extreme violence, and are now being put in the worst possible situation", said Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the NY mayor's Office of Immigration Affairs.