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Republicans delay compromise immigration vote until next week, hoping to rally support, reports say

Republicans delay compromise immigration vote until next week, hoping to rally support, reports say

Republican leaders have delayed a vote on a compromise immigration reform bill until next week, hoping to rally more support for the measure, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news The move follows the defeat Thursday of a separate, more conservative immigration bill in the House of Representatives. >> What does the new executive order on immigration do; can migrants be held indefinitely? Update 9:30 p.m. EDT June 21: Despite President Donald Trump’s executive order on Wednesday rescinding his own policy of separating migrant children from their families during illegal border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border, multiple states are suing the Trump administration over the policy, according to The Hill. The states involved in the lawsuit contend the executive order does not solve the problems created by the separation of  families, The Hill reported. Democratic attorneys general from Washington state, Maryland and Massachusetts, among others, contend the administration “violated the due process rights of parents and children who were separated.” The lawsuit was expected to be filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington state. Some 2,300 children have been separated from their families during the past six weeks the administration has been enforcing its “zero tolerance” policy. Update 7:30 p.m. EDT June 21: President Donald Trump is criticizing Democrats for their opposition to the hard-line Goodlatte immigration bill, which was defeated in the U.S. House Thursday. Tweeting that “they won’t vote for anything,” the president complained that Democrats are blocking reform. “You cannot pass legislation on immigration whether it be for safety and security or any other reason including “heart,” without getting Dem votes. Problem is, they don’t care about security and R’s do,” Trump tweeted Thursday night. Update 7:00 p.m. EDT June 21:  House Republicans are delaying a vote on a so-called compromise immigration measure until next week, according to The Associated Press. A vote on the legislation was first rescheduled from Thursday until Friday after another, more severe immigration measure was defeated. Republican leaders reportedly hope they can get more support for the compromise measure by delaying the vote. Update 5:00 p.m. EDT June 21: The more conservative of two immigration bills in the U.S. House of Representatives went down in defeat Thursday as 41 Republicans joined the Democrats in a 231-193 vote against the measure, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree.  The hard-line measure called for extreme limits on legal immigration and only temporary protections for “Dreamers,” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents. The second bill is seen as more of a compromise measure, but it’s unclear if Republican leadership can manage to get the votes needed to pass it on Friday, and even if they do, it faces an even bigger hurdle in the Senate, where Republicans don’t have the votes to pass an immigration bill on their own. They’ll need Democrats’ support to get it done. The Washington Post is reporting an important House moderate in the immigration debate, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) has said he won’t support the compromise measure. Hurd has said he opposes the measure because it includes funding for a border wall, a campaign promise Trump made to supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign. He called the proposed wall “an expensive and ineffective 4th century border security tool that takes private property away from hundreds of Texans,” according to the Post. Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 21:  The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to change the rules around the detention of child migrants one day after the president ended his administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the border, The Associated Press reported. Officials aim to change rules governed by the Flores settlement, which requires the government to release children from custody after 20 days to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference. >> Time cover: Photo of little girl crying at border, Trump illustrates immigration debate The move is aimed at stopping the separation of children from their families amid a new policy where anyone caught crossing the border is charged criminally. Update 2:25 p.m. EDT June 21: The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected one of two proposed GOP immigration reform bills, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree. Meanwhile, aides said the House will wait until Friday to vote on a second immigration bill, The Associated Press reported. Update 1:18 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump discussed the need for immigration reform during a cabinet meeting Thursday, citing national security concerns. Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 21: First lady Melania Trump is making an unannounced visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday. Melania Trump was in Texas on Thursday morning and planned to tour two facilities holding child immigrants, CNN reported. She previously spoke out against the policy of separating migrant children and parents at the border. 'Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,' said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. 'She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.' The Trump administration policy was ended Wednesday by an executive order from the president. >> Photos: Melania Trump visits facilities for migrant children in Texas Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 21: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called a pair of proposed Republican immigration reform bills a “compromise with the devil.” She said that the bills make Republicans complicit in Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy, which directs prosecutors to pursue cases against any person suspected of coming to the country illegally, resulted in the separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border. Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 21: House Speaker Paul Ryan said officials are working on reuniting families that have been separated in recent weeks at the border. “I believe (the Department of Homeland Security) is working on that,” Ryan said Thursday at a news briefing. “We obviously want to have families reunited.” >> Airlines taking stand in immigration crisis, refusing to fly separated migrant children He said DHS officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring the families back together. “What we’re trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so they can be adjudicated faster,” he said. The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security. >> First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order days after he first started calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation. The House is set to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills, although neither appeared likely to succeed. Original report: “The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,” Trump wrote. “At some point (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.” The president’s tweet comes one day after he ended his administration’s much-derided policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border and as the House readies to debate and vote on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills. >> Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations It was not immediately clear whether the bills would be successful. House Republican leaders were still trying Thursday morning to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.  >> From Jamie Dupree: House to vote on two GOP immigration bills – both may fail Ahead of the planned vote, the president accused Democrats of “only looking to Obstruct” the immigration bills in order to gain political clout ahead of the mid-term elections. “What is the purpose 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 wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!” >> Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents suspected of coming to the country illegally at the border. The controversial policy was a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement push announced in April. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Officer was sworn in hours before killing unarmed teen, mayor says

Officer was sworn in hours before killing unarmed teen, mayor says

An East Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old running from a traffic stop Tuesday night was sworn in just hours before the fatal encounter. Mayor Louis Payne told WPXI Wednesday that the unidentified officer who killed Antwon Michael Rose, of Rankin, previously spent seven years working in other departments, but confirmed that he was working his first shift following his official swearing in with the East Pittsburgh Police Department. Allegheny County police officials said that Rose was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in East Pittsburgh around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday because it fit the description of a car seen fleeing the area of a shooting in the nearby borough of North Braddock. As an officer handcuffed the driver of the car, which investigators said had bullet damage to the back window, Rose and a second passenger got out of the car and ran.  Footage of the shooting posted on Facebook Tuesday shows the scene from a distance. The 18-second video shows Rose and the other passenger, who has not been found by police, get out of the car and make a break for the yard between two nearby houses. Three shots are heard and one of the passengers appears to fall into the grass. “Why are they shooting at him?” the woman recording the traffic stop says. “Why are they shooting? All they did was run and they’re shooting at them!” Rose, who police officials said was struck three times, was taken to McKeesport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  The Allegheny County medical examiner on Thursday ruled the teen’s death a homicide.  Though officers said they found two guns in the car after the shooting, Rose was not armed when he was shot, police officials said.  Click here to watch the footage of the shooting. Warning: Some viewers might find the images too graphic. The officer who killed the teen has been placed on administrative leave while the Allegheny County police’s Homicide Unit investigates the shooting. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. issued a statement Thursday in which he said he had met with police officials, but that the investigation into Rose’s death remained ongoing.   “Out of respect for the grieving process that the family and friends of Mr. Rose are going through and the upcoming Monday funeral for Mr. Rose, District Attorney Zappala will not have any further comment until next week.” CBS News reported that the officers at the scene were not wearing body cameras. Their patrol cars also had no cameras.  >> Read more trending news The shooting has sparked protests, including a protest of hundreds that shut down the street outside the Allegheny County Courthouse Thursday morning.  WPXI livestreamed the protest on Facebook.  Hundreds of people also gathered Wednesday night, despite rain pouring down on them.  Rose’s family has hired civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who talked to WPXI Thursday morning near the scene of the teen’s death. Merritt said he was looking for witnesses to the shooting to determine what the officer might have seen as Rose and the other passenger fled.  Merritt told the news station that Rose’s family wants the officer to be treated the same as anyone who was shown, on video, shooting a man who was running away.  “If you take away the uniform and you put that same video out there, we believe that an arrest would have been made by now,” Merritt said. “Not necessarily a conviction, because that’s a process and everyone is entitled to due process.” He said officers accused of misconduct should be treated like everyone else.  “It’s very difficult to find justification for the use of deadly force given the facts as they were presented in that video,” Merritt said. “Antwon and the other young man did not appear to present any harm or danger to that officer or anyone.” He said Rose’s family is devastated by his death.  “Every day that they wake up, they’re hoping that this is all a bad dream,” Merritt said. 

First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

First lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to Texas on Thursday, one day after her husband signed an executive order ending his administration’s controversial policy of separating migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. >> Read more trending news Update 3:10 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump was criticized for the coat she chose to wear while boarding the plane en route to McAllen on Thursday morning. Her spokeswoman confirmed to CNN that the first lady wore an olive green jacket that said on the back 'I really don't care, do u?' 'It's a jacket. There was no hidden message,' Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, told reporters. 'After today's important visit to Texas, I hope this isn't what the media is going to choose to focus on.' Original report: The first lady toured a pair of facilities for migrant children, including the Upbring New Hope Children's Center. The facility is holding 55 children, officials said. Trump thanked employees of the children’s center and said she wanted to “help to get these children reunited with their families as quickly as possible.” In a statement released Thursday, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Trump was visiting a customs and border patrol processing center and a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the U.S. illegally. >> Photos: Melania Trump visits facilities for migrant children in Texas “Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social service providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families,” Grisham said. >> Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations  Trump previously said in a statement through Grisham that she “hates to see children separated from their families.” 'She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart,' Grisham said, according to CNN.

House defeats one GOP immigration bill, delays vote on second plan

Struggling to find consensus on immigration reform, the House on Thursday rejected a more conservative Republican immigration reform bill, and then in a bid to salvage the effort, GOP leaders delayed action on a second immigration reform measure until next week.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many changes GOP leaders would make in the second bill – or what they would be – all in a bid to draw more GOP support, and get an immigration plan through the House before lawmakers leave town next week for a July Fourth break.

41 House Republicans voted against the first GOP bill, which was [More]