Mr Cruz's bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorise new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days - a goal immigrant advocates say would be hard to meet.
"Really good policy in that bill, but our objective is not just to have good policy in a bill, it's to pass a bill and ultimately to get a bill on President Trump's desk that he will sign".
Instructs DHS Secretary Nielsen to "maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members".
The House prepared to vote on a Republican immigration bill containing language aimed at halting the taking of immigrant children from parents being detained for illegally entering the US.
The House rejected a more hardline conservative measure on Thursday.
"I don't know if they're concerned about that but I think that's the case", Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said.
Trump did signal support for both bills, telling House Republicans on Tuesday night that he was behind both measures "1,000 percent". It takes 60 votes to end filibusters.
On Wednesday (Thursday NZT), Trump reversed himself and took executive action aimed at curbing the separation of families. But House GOP leaders still were pulling out the stops to bring reluctant Republicans on board in hopes of resolving broader immigration issues ahead of the November midterm election.
The outcome remains uncertain despite a frenzied effort to pull in the final votes.
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Some leaders of progressive groups and celebrities known for their liberal views also criticized the First Lady's jacket . Trump wore the jacket as she boarded a flight en route to visit a group of migrant children in Texas. "It's a jacket .
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"Obviously what we're trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so that they can be adjudicated faster and have the proper facilities to house them", said House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Trump also told the attorney general to ask for a federal district court to allow the detention of families under a 1997 agreement known as the Flores settlement. "It won't be easy".
One Republican, Rep Joe Wilson of SC, announced he would support the legislation after meeting with Trump, who he said was persuasive.
It was dead on Thursday, as a hardline bill went down to defeat in the House.
The House will also vote on a more hard-line immigration proposal favoured by conservatives. It is expected to fail.
The almost 300-page compromise measure creates a path way to citizenship for the young immigrants known as Dreamers, who have been living in the United States. illegally since childhood. But other conservatives say their support is winnable so long as the bill makes major strides in border security, including firm funding for Mr. Trump's border wall. And it revises the longstanding preference for family visas in favour of a merit system based on education level and work skills. It did so by eliminating the 20-day cap on holding minors and allowing indefinite detentions.
What happens to families who have already been separated?At the same time, we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance.
Schakowsky joined House Democrats, including John Lewis and Pramila Jayapal, and immigration advocates held a fiery press conference demanding the Trump administration immediately end their policy to separate families, June 20, 2018, in Washington. They have encountered persistent GOP divisions that have long prevented Republicans from tackling a broad immigration bill. Moderate Republicans blame far-right conservatives, and vice versa. And Trump's executive order does not explicitly state anything about the children already miles away from their parents due to the policy. Trump attempted to rescind the program last fall but was blocked in court. But Ryan believes Trump would need to veto that bill, and as his speakership winds down he's defending the president from having to cross that threshold.
"Now is not the time for a partisan GOP Farm Bill that weakens the farmer safety net, slashes rural development initiatives and loan guarantees, and adds new layers of bureaucracy to rural broadband grants", she said.