GOP accuses Democrats of favoring open borders

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional immigration proposals (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Republicans are using a House debate on symbolic immigration legislation to accuse Democrats of favoring open borders.

Firing back, Democrats say the GOP’s campaign-season effort is aimed at distracting attention from President Donald Trump and his now-dropped policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

Republicans were pushing a nonbinding resolution through the House on Wednesday that praises the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and lambasts efforts to abolish it.

It was prompted by a separate bill by a handful of liberal Democrats that would erase the agency.

The GOP resolution is aimed at dividing Democrats, who largely think the liberals’ bill goes too far and would alienate moderate voters.

Many Democrats, including sponsors of the bill erasing ICE, plan to vote “present” on the Republican resolution.

10:40 a.m.

A House spending bill would provide $5 billion next year for building President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico. That’s well above the $1.6 billion the Senate version of the measure provides, suggesting that a budget battle lies ahead.

Trump’s budget requested $1.6 billion for 2019 for the wall. A Republican congressional aide says that in conversations, the president has since asked GOP lawmakers to provide $5 billion.

Democrats have enough votes in the GOP-run Senate to block any spending they oppose. Without naming a figure, Trump said in April that he would “have no choice” but to force a government shutdown this fall if he doesn’t get the border security money he wants.

The money is part of the House appropriations bill financing the Homeland Security Department.

This article provided by NewsEdge.