What's happening at the US border
Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said the President endorsed both immigration bills, but it was clear that he was backing the compromise bill.
“I think he was supportive of the compromise bill, he said he was behind it 1,000%, now whether that meant he was behind the compromise bill 1,000% or behind whatever we can pass 1,000%, either or, you can see it both ways, but he’s certainly supportive of both bills,” Meadows said, adding he was talking about things that are only in the compromise bill, so it was clear he backs it."
“I think it gives some members certainly cover to vote for a bill that might give them a little bit of a gut check,” he said.
But he didn’t say he guaranteed passage.
“There’s not a whole lot of room for error,” Meadows said, noting you have a handful of members on either side who are going to be opposed no matter what.
The House compromise bill — the more moderate of two House immigration proposals — will include a revised provision to address family separation, according to a House Republican source familiar with negotiations.
He did say Trump may have changed some minds.
“Based on my discussions with some of the members on the floor, I think there were members who were leaning no that are now leaning yes.”
A Republican member from a red state told CNN that it was nice to see President Trump but the meeting "didn't move the ball."
The member goes on to say that they know immigration is a problem — they are looking for a leader. That didn’t happen.
A leadership source said the meeting was not helpful for the prospects of passing either immigration bill.
A Freedom Caucus source was even harsher.
“It’s a total miscue from the administration," the source said. "Both of these bills are designed to fail, and the President is the only one who doesn’t get the joke.”
The White House just issued a statement on President Trump's meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening.
“The President spoke to the House Republican conference on a range of issues," White House spokesman Raj Shah in a statement.
"In his remarks, he endorsed both House immigration bills that build the wall, close legal loopholes, cancel the visa lottery, curb chain migration, and solve the border crisis and family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal. He told the members, 'I’m with you 100%.'”
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus members yelled at President Trump as he left a meeting on Capitol Hill with Republican leadership.
One member yelled, “Mr. President, don't you have kids? Don't you have kids, Mr. President?"
"How would you guys like it if they separated your kids? It's wrong," the member shouted. "It's not the America we know and it's not biblical. Where did Christ say that? Show me where."
Watch the moment:
Departing his meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, President Trump spoke briefly, saying he had a "great meeting."
"These are laws that have been broken for many years, decades," Trump said. "But we had a great meeting."
As he departed he was speaking with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader. He was accompanied by chief of staff John Kelly, top aide Johnny DeStefano, social media director Dan Scavino, and policy adviser Stephen Miller.
Watch the moment:
President Trump told House Republican leaders that they need to pass an immigration bill during a meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening, according to a person in the room.
Trump didn't explicitly say he supports the House compromise bill — the more moderate of two House immigration proposals, the source said. Trump also briefly addressed family separation and said he understands the photos are not good. He said they’re working on it, the source said.
Trump also complimented Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on her performance at the White House press briefing room yesterday during the Capitol Hill meeting, according to someone in the room.
He told House Republicans that all the focus is on the administration and said “we have to pass one of these bills — the public is watching.”
He said they must secure the border.
Demonstrators gathered on Tuesday afternoon outside the Department of Homeland Security office in San Francisco to protest the practice of separating families at the border.
Sam Leff attended the protest and took the video below.
"I can’t even imagine how scared kids must be in a strange place not knowing when, if, or how they will see their parents again," he said. "I also can’t imagine the terror that parents must feel being separated from their children.”