Confusion and uncertainty at the border after Trump acts

U.S. first lady Melania Trump listens during a roundtable meeting at the Lutheran Social Services of the South

First lady Melania Trump visits McAllen amid crisis over family separation

He ripped Democrats for refusing to participate in any deal on immigration.

Both House bills, backed by Trump but opposed by Democrats and immigration advocacy groups, would fund the wall Trump has proposed along the U.S. border with Mexico and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of United States residents and citizens living overseas. A Justice Department official was unable to clarify whether family separations would end immediately or when and how families now separated would be reunited. Bowing to pressure and widespread protests, he signed an executive order on June 20 against the move of his administration to separate children from their parents who illegally enter the country.

Trump has accused rival Democrats of causing the problems at the border, telling supporters that Democrats put "illegal immigrants before they put American citizens".

Trump said he supports the legislation, but it is still unclear if the bills the House plan to vote on have enough votes to pass. "Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!"

First lady Melania Trump speaks on her initiatives during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 7, 2018, in Washington.

President Donald Trump, who had repeatedly urged Congress to act, did not help Ryan when he suggested in an early-morning tweet that the House was wasting its time by considering either bill. The rhetoric at times has been hysterical and risky, reaching its peak when rape threats were made against the children and grandchildren of President Trump.

The outcome remains uncertain despite a frenzied effort to pull in the final votes.

"The fact that, at least for the moment, Trump has gotten a little less inhumane hardly solves the problem", Webber said. "Congress has the authority and the responsibility to make the law of the land and to fix the immigration system", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a security forum on Capitol Hill. But, after the first vote series of the day Thursday, it became clear that rank-and-file members were a mix of confused and uncomfortable with what they knew about the compromise bill.

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"We have a chance", said Carlos Curbelo, of Florida. "It won't be easy".

The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is considering legislation to address the immigration issue.

US Representative Lou Barletta, who is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, told Trump at the meeting he would have to remain a "no" vote.

President Donald Trump has ended the policy of separating immigrant families on the US-Mexico border, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the global community.

The delayed vote was on a compromise bill between GOP moderates and conservatives that would offer Dreamers a pathway to citizenship and provide $25 billion for Trump's border wall, among other things.

The House will also vote on a more hard-line immigration proposal favoured by conservatives.

Both bills are widely expected to fail, but Ryan wouldn't directly say that.

"You could be creating thousands of immigrant orphans in the U.S. that one day could become eligible for citizenship when they are adopted", Sandweg told NBC News this week. He has remained intent on fulfilling his promises, including building a border wall.

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