Republicans have rolled 'legislation to keep families together' into an immigration vote that likely won't pass the House or Senate
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced Wednesday that "tomorrow the House will vote on legislation to keep families together" in an effort to halt the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of splitting up migrant parents from their children at the border. "The administration says it wants Congress to act and we are," Ryan said.
House Republicans, though, do not appear to have the votes on their immigration compromise bill, which includes "a path to address the family separations," CNN reports. What's more, that legislation has no realistic chance in the Senate.
Paul Ryan says Republicans don’t want families separated at the border, so they’re adjusting their immigration bills — bills that likely won’t pass the House and won’t even get a vote in the Senate — to address that crisis.
Again, unclear how this becomes law.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 20, 2018
Peak House GOP conference — they’re going to try to pass a bill that won’t be able to become law in order to fix family separation, which Trump could end right now. And they won’t say whether they’d consider legislation that actually could pass to fix it.
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) June 20, 2018
Notably, there is no law mandating the separation of immigrant families at the border, and legislation is not required to stop the policy — only an order from President Trump. Senate Democrats, as a result, have been resistant to legislation targeting the "zero tolerance" policy, demanding the president address it on his own. Jeva Lange