An immigrant waits for his approval to be deported from a women’s detention center in Florence, Arizona on Monday. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
The Wall Street Journal has more on the Donald Trump administration’s latest immigration policy:
Mr. Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress are trying to round up $40 billion in border wall funds that both houses of Congress are yet to reach agreement on, with much of the opposition focused on the plan. That stands to delay any resolution until late this year or next. Still, as Democrats gear up for the November congressional elections, they are playing to that base in attacking Mr. Trump’s immigration agenda.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post has more on the divisive debate over a wall on the southern border, and who’s starting to lose it:
The impasse escalated this week after Trump abandoned talks with the lawmakers. And now, as hundreds of thousands of immigrants find themselves trapped between the border wall and the future, the longer the dispute lasts, the more vulnerable they appear to be.
While the end result of the standoff is unlikely to be the wall, the politics surrounding the issue have taken a nasty turn in recent days, notably when Senate Republicans pushed for a fresh vote on legislation blocking the young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and voted down such a measure last week.
Republican leaders on the Senate floor after the vote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
The House, meanwhile, passed a conservative bill that would provide no more than $25 billion for the border wall and eliminate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.
“We need to do DACA now,” said Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona. “We’re just totally wasting time.”
The news comes as the current deadline for a deal looms: