Prominent Conservative Steve Schmidt Drops GOP Over Trump, Family Separations


"Our bill does just that".

The current family separation crisis has multiple contributing causes, including court decisions that require release rather than detention of children but not parents who enter our country illegally.

"I think he was explicit in that he was going to support House Republicans who take a risk and vote for meaningful immigration reform", Curbelo said.

"I'm with you 100 percent", Trump said, according to Shah.

"The President spoke to the House Republican conference on a range of issues", Shah said.

Members said the range of issues Trump covered included trade, taxes and other victories for the administration. Multiple GOP lawmakers tell the Washington Post that Trump told them his daughter was upset by images of children taken from their families and asked if they could do anything to stop it. The House will vote on this bill, and a more conservative one written by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., on Thursday.

Schmidt has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.

Some members fear that Trump has a mercurial history of supporting legislation, like the omnibus spending bill earlier this year and health care bills in 2017.

House GOP leaders are revising their legislation amid a public outcry over the administration's "zero tolerance" approach to illegal crossings. "It's our hope that this House will show leadership and be an example to the rest of the country that we can address many of these problems that have been facing our country for decades".

McConnell didn't provide any specifics of any potential bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said the president "continues to try to use these separated families as hostages in the legislative process".

He did not immediately provide details of the bill, but said that it resolves the issue of so-called Dreamers, undocumented adult migrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, "in a very elegant way". "We have a chance".

Schmidt condemned the family separation policy and "internment camps for babies" established by the Trump administration and shamed the officials who allowed that to happen. Trump called for Congress to approve the so-called third option Tuesday.

"Keep Families Together Act" - Sen. Officials couldn't say how numerous 2,342 children had been united as of this week. A growing number of Republicans have pushed back, including Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to halt family separation out of "human decency" as Congress works on a solution. We believe a reasonable path forward can be found that accommodates the need to enforce our laws while holding true to other, equally essential values. But the attention is much higher on Mr. Trump, as are the numbers of children being separated. "I don't want people coming in". "He can fix it tomorrow if he wants to, and if he doesn't want to, he should own up to the fact that he's doing it", said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

He added, "Can you imagine the graft that must take place?"