Protesters chanting, 'Set them free!' block bus of migrant kids at border

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Republican leaders delayed a vote Thursday on what was billed as a compromise measure to fund border security and address legal status for young immigrants brought to the US unlawfully as children, as they try to win more support for the bill. "The Democrats don't want border security, the Democrats are okay with crime - but we're not okay with it".

While some who advocate for stricter immigration rules have argued that people are making fraudulent asylum claims or abusing the loopholes in USA immigration laws, Baron said Trump's views went way beyond those arguments.

On Thursday, the Pentagon announced military bases were being prepared to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children.

A bipartisan coalition of US mayors gathered in a Texas border town on Thursday morning to speak out against Trump's immigration crackdown, which they characterized as a "humanitarian crisis". That's despite a damaging tweet by President Donald Trump urging them to wait until after the November elections.

Although the separations have been stopped, some 2,000 children have still not been reunited with their parents.

For now, the GOP House leadership seems more concerned with holding a vote in order to satisfy moderate members, who were attempting to use a procedural measure to force a vote on four other immigration bills.

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representative still plan to bring an immigration bill up for a vote next week, despite President Donald Trump's urgings on Friday to drop the effort until after November's elections.

Mr Trump's tweet on immigration legislation was the latest example of his abrupt reversals on issues, to the dismay of Republicans who crave his backing as a seal of approval for conservative voters.

The fate of 2,300 children wrested from their parents at the United States border with Mexico remained unclear, days after Donald Trump ordered an end to migrant family separations, as the president on Friday (June 22) accused Democrats of spinning "phony" tales of suffering for electoral gain. "Right now we have the dumbest and the worst".

Instead, Trump has blamed the Democrats for refusing to acquiesce to his demands on immigration.

To Will's point, to prevent continuing action in the wrong direction within Congress would be a preferable outcome to conservatives than to allow the expansion of government authority under President Trump.

At the event, Trump also bashed "the mayor of San Diego" for warning citizens about immigration agent raids.

Republican leaders, however, say they are still aiming for a vote next week, with negotiations planned for this weekend.

McCaul is suggesting Congress may need to pass a "skinny" immigration bill dealing with family separation if the more wide-ranging version fails.

While noting that most Border Patrol workers at the facility were trying to do the best they can, Himes said the Congressional delegation was there to see that the children receive "the values and ethic good treatment that we are here to demand".

The Trump administration called last year for the expansion of the expedited removals programme to immigrants who have been in the country illegally for up to two years.

Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting adults for entering the country illegally entails a process that typically takes many months.