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America’s long-running and politically charged immigration debate has turned U.G.L.Y.


In Clarkston, Georgia, on May 16, 2018. (Photo: Erik S. Lesser/epa-EFE)

President Trump lit the fuse with his administration’s policy of separating families that crossed the southern border illegally. His executive order to end the practice has done nothing to quell the outcry.

Here’s a rundown of what to watch for on this exploding controversy in the week ahead:

Congress: The House may or may not vote this week on a so-called compromise bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for “Dreamers,” partially fund the border wall and prevent families from being separated at the border. GOP leaders pulled the same bill from consideration last week when it was clear it did not have enough support to pass. ABC News is reporting that the House will also consider a narrow immigration bill that would allow immigration officials to keep children in detention with their families for longer than 20 days.

And in the Senate, a new bipartisan “Gang of Four” will meet for the first time. Those negotiations, however, appear to be in limbo after the president tweeted that Republicans should stop “wasting their time” on immigration until after the election.

The Hill: Trump, midterm pressures complicate immigration fight.

Bloomberg: Trump’s immigration rhetoric roils political outlook for GOP.

The White House: Trump is sending conflicting messages over his Twitter account, alternately blaming Democrats, asking for their support, telling Congress to get to work or telling Congress not to bother. But the president is very much driving the conversation, as he did on Friday with a White House event highlighting families who lost loved ones who were killed by immigrants in the country illegally.

The Associated Press: Trump tries to change focus of border debate.

The Memo: GOP laments chaos sowed by Trump.

Reuters: Trump tweet raises questions about due process.

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The agencies: The government is scrambling to react to Trump’s hastily written executive order not to separate children from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security has created a task force to reunite children with their families. The agency insists it knows the location of all the children in its custody, but the massive task of reuniting hundreds of children with families cuts across federal agencies and state lines.

CNN: Government details how separated families will be reunited – eventually.

The New York Times: In tense meeting, Trump officials debate how to process migrant families.

The streets: Demonstrators are out in force, making it difficult or impossible for Trump administration officials to eat out at restaurants; blocking buses carrying detained immigrants; and protesting Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The protest that has Washington buzzing: The Red Hen, a restaurant in Lexington, Va., refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her group. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) criticized the restaurant, while blaming the “tone” of the debate on the administration.

The Associated Press: Protesters, Democrats want immigrant families reunited.

The Washington Post: Let the Trump team eat in peace.

The courts: To enforce Trump’s executive order, the Justice Department has asked a federal court to relax a restriction that says the government can only keep children detained for 20 days in an effort to keep children with their parents. But Trump’s former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert is predicting the order will get swatted down by the same 9th Circuit judge who has previously called former President Obama’s immigration enforcement actions “inhumane.”

NBC News: Desperate parents at the border turn to attorneys to locate their children.

The media: The opinion pages are on fire. Here are a few choice selections:

Carl Cannon: A sane and moral approach to immigration.

Andrew Sullivan: It’s time for Democrats to give Trump his wall.

Rick Wilson: Trump has lost on immigration.

Ross K. Baker: Trump’s immigration policies might not help Democrats in November.

Special Thanks to the Hill

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