"The president fully supports both the (Representative Bob) Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement. The plan scuttled a petition by Curbelo that would have forced a series of immigration votes with the support of Democrats.
(See below for more on the latter.) However, Trump may have torpedoed its chances Friday when he told Fox that he wouldn't sign it, reports the AP, which now sees "eleventh-hour confusion" on the issue.
In an exchange with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a raucous press briefing on Thursday, CBS News reporter Paula Reid-who covers legal affairs and the Trump Justice Department-called out White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' erroneous claim that the Trump administration is merely following the law when it rips young children from their mothers' arms.
"I know there's been ongoing conversations with the administration as early as this morning on the bill", Meadows said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions enacted the zero tolerance policy in May, saying immigrants who enter the country illegally could be separated from their families. Both are expected to be put up for votes next week on the House floor.
House GOP leaders have been working for weeks on legislation aimed at meeting the so-called four pillars of Trump's policy demands on any bill to provide a path to legal status to people brought to the U.S.as children.
Jackson says that in the past "the government tolerated lynching just like they tolerated slavery". A 2008 anti-trafficking law which requires unaccompanied migrant children to be sent into the care of Health and Human Services - another statute blamed by the administration for the family separation - was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by former president George W. Bush, a Republican.
Others have argued that the main benefit of the policy is deterrence. Thus, it is Sessions' policy that directly caused the separations.
At one point during the White House briefing, a correspondent for Playboy magazine excoriated Sanders, asking her if as a mother of three she did not have any empathy for children being ripped apart from their parents.
The administration's entire focus has been on eliminating illegal immigration and limiting legal immigration.
Democrats have been incorporating the plight of the separated children in their midterm election campaigns. The House moderate plan would state that a minor who doesn't arrive at the border unaccompanied must be released to a parent or legal guardian. Several other legislators, including Sen. The video had been viewed 40,000 times by Friday.
Republicans planned votes next week on a hard-right immigration measure and a middle-ground package negotiated between the party's moderate and conservative wings. "It's deeply impactful in a district like ours, where we are 40 percent Latino".
"We are fixing family separation within this bill and have made changes to keep children with at least one of their parents", he said.