The House is expected to vote on two immigration reform bills on Thursday, both created to address key GOP concerns and both looking to offer some sort of compromise to Democrats.
The outcome remains uncertain despite a frenzied effort to pull in the final votes. But with conservatives finally getting a vote on a conservative immigration bill, which went down on Thursday, more Republicans were finally willing to support the farm bill. They talk, and sometimes you all repeat it, that it's a compromise.
In the House, moderate Republicans forced the immigration debate to the fore by threatening to use a rare procedure to demand a vote.
Fence-sitting Republicans or those otherwise opposed to the legislation said they felt little pressure to come on board the compromise bill or a measure favored by conservatives that was defeated on Thursday.
He could not say what happens to all the children already separated from parents.
"What we have done today is we are keeping families together", Trump said as he signed the executive order. Granted, Sanford was a special case in that he criticized Trump personally; POTUS rarely goes after a Republican who disagrees with him politely on policy. President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have each appeared on Capitol Hill in the past two days to urge Republicans to back both bills.
"Now is not the time for a partisan GOP Farm Bill that weakens the farmer safety net, slashes rural development initiatives and loan guarantees, and adds new layers of bureaucracy to rural broadband grants", she said. The judge over that court, Dolly M. Gee, is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and was appointed by Obama.
"Doesn't feel great", Rep. Tom Cole, a member of the whip team and an ally of GOP leadership said about the prospects for passage.
While Mr Trump held firm to his tough immigration stance in an earlier appearance on Tuesday, he acknowledged during the closed-door meeting that the coverage of family separations was taking a toll. The separation of children from parents has led to bipartisan protest across the United States and Congress as images of children in cages and sounds of crying babies dominated the news and social media.
The compromise legislation would provide funding for Trump's border wall, close immigration loopholes and allow for parents and children to be detained together at the border, among other provisions.
The bill requires able-bodied adults aged 18-59 to work or participate in job training for 20 hours a week in order to receive food stamp benefits that average about $450 a month for a family of four.More news: Melania Trump visits detention centre as immigration vote looms
The Senate is expected to move soon on narrow legislation dealing with just the separation of families at the border.
First lady Melania Trump speaks on her initiatives during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 7, 2018, in Washington.
The president says his administration is trying to balance rigorous enforcement of US immigration laws and pursue its policy of maintaining family unity.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio welcomed the executive order.
The second-ranking Senate Republican, John Cornyn, said they're proposing a "humane, safe and secure family facility" where parents and children who are minors could be detained together.
"The President's Executive Order seeks to replace one form of child abuse with another".
It's unclear how long it will take for Trump's order to be implemented.
Trump also renewed his attacks on the media and opposition Democrats for the way they were portraying his administration's policy. It would also eliminate per-country caps for employment-based immigration.
Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said the GOP's inability to find consensus inside its ranks would remain a persistent barrier to action on immigration - at least, he said, until Democrats win congressional majorities.
Republican US Representatives Ralph Norman and Mark Meadows, prominent members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, told reporters they did not think either of the bills had enough support to pass the Republican-controlled House. "They want open borders, which breeds frightful crime".