Even if something did pass the House, Democrats in the Senate will nearly certainly block anything that cuts legal immigration. Both sides are eager for votes to highlight their stances. None spoke in support of the bill. The measure would make sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system, shifting preference from the family members of USA citizens to employment-based criteria, and creating a special visa program that would give young unauthorized immigrants the chance to become citizens based on factors like employment and education.
After Trump made his comments on Fox, Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the GOP's No. 2 vote counter, told reporters that leaders were seeking "clarity" from the White House.
It also includes a provision to prevent the government from separating young children from parents and guardians while in government custody, an attempt to address concerns about the uptick in family separations at the U.S. -Mexico border under the Trump administration's new "zero-tolerance" policy.
"President Trump has to say my priority is the wall and then work with us on getting a bill that gets his wall and other things", Ros-Lehtinen said.
Under President Bush, the US referred all illegal immigrants for prosecution but made exceptions for adults traveling with children.
The interviewer had specifically asked whether Trump supported a conservative bill penned by Rep.
"Overall, the bill would be awful for the children brought across the border by their parents - they could and would still be separated from the parents, they would have less protections than under current law, and they would be subjected to prolonged detention", said Kate Voigt, associate director of government relations at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which opposes the bill.
The politics of the immigration debate have grown more heated since the administration adopted a "zero tolerance" approach at the Southern border.
Hundreds of thousands of them have been protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Trump has terminated that program, though federal courts have temporarily kept it functioning. Now, under the new policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early May, in most cases parents are prosecuted, while children are sent to a separate refugee facility. Beneficiaries could apply for a new merit-based green card, a stepping stone to citizenship. Adults who illegally crossed the border could be charged and placed in jail, away from their children. The Dreamer' parents would be "rewarded for bringing their kids here illegally when the whole rationale" of the bill is to help those who are here illegally through no fault of their own, he said.
The child separation policy of the Trump administration has come under particular scrutiny in recent days.
Republican lawmakers and former first lady Laura Bush joined Democrats in condemning the family separations that have removed almost 2,000 children from their parents in just six weeks.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said "it is very biblical to enforce the law".
"First, illegal entry into the United States is a crime - as it should be. I think the part of it he will like is the trigger mechanism that if the appropriation, funding and the spending on the wall is not delivered on then there is no other part of the bill", Walker said.