Republicans blindsided by Trump opposition to immigration plan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan takes questions from reporters Wednesday following a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan takes questions from reporters Wednesday following a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration

To many conservatives, the compromise immigration proposal released this past week by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is little more than "amnesty".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has gone on the record to say the Senate will not take up an immigration bill that does not have President Trump's support.

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Friday morning, Donald Trump noticed that the hosts of the Fox news program Fox & Friends were broadcasting their daily program from in front of the White House, and that gave Trump an inspiration.

"I think it's important for everybody to take a deep breath, look at the bill, judge it on its merits, not what people are saying about the bill", Diaz-Balart said. "That's why we need more clarity".

Both the conservative and compromise bills would provide money for Trump's long-sought border wall with Mexico and other strict border security provisions.

Nancy Pelosi lost another supporter Thursday in her campaign to retain her position as House minority leader. The President misunderstood the question this morning on Fox News. Ryan put down a rebellion in his own caucus and headed off a clean DACA authorization that nearly succeeded in coming to the floor via a discharge petition, promising to allow both groups to craft their own bills for floor votes.

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Don't fret, Republicans said, the president will surely clarify his remarks.

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their terrible and cruel legislative agenda".

A House GOP draft immigration bill includes visas for "Dreamers" and other immigrants, $25 billion for border wall.

"Go for it! WIN!"

"This was an act of the administration", Pelosi said.

But during the course of the impromptu press briefing, Trump made a significant number of false statements, as well as some other freakish assertions, so many that media organizations such as PolitiFact were forced to note that, "Trump said many inaccurate statements that needed fact-checking".

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Anna Tarkov, communications director for organizer Families Belong Together, said about 60 cities and towns staged rallies.

"And then we now have a bill that represents a compromise that is going to be brought to the floor so members can actually vote on legislation tackling this issue and this has a chance of going into law", said Ryan.

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for citing the Bible to justify the government separating immigrant children from their parents.

The Trump administration argues that the Flores settlement means children must be separated from their parents because they can not be held in custody with their parents who face prosecution for crossing the border illegally.

"The President fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters in a statement.

Trump has tried to blame Democrats for his own administration's policy, tweeting Saturday that they "can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!"

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