>> For weeks President Trump has been urging Congress to fix flaws in the U.S. immigration system. On Friday he had a new message for lawmakers, don't bother. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump is beating a retreat on immigration for the second time in one week. On Wednesday he ended his policy of separating children from their parents at the border in the face of global outrage.
Now he's telling Republicans on Capitol Hill to put their immigration bill on hold. They're vowing to forge ahead anyway, but Trump's move makes it less likely that Washington will resolve this issue any time soon. Rounding out a week filled with images of immigrant children held in cages, Trump said on Twitter that the GOP should stop wasting their time on immigration until after the November elections.
Saying quote, we can pass great legislation after the red wave, predicting voters will send more Republicans to Congress. That view is at odds with analysts who say Democrats stand a good chance of winning the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate as well. Trump's announcement comes just days after he traveled to Capital Hill to urge Republicans to pass legislation that would fund his border wall and cut back on legal immigration.
A bill favored by hardliners was defeated in the House on Thursday, and a second bill is hanging on by a thread.>> This is very good compromise legislation.>> House Speaker Paul Ryan delayed the vote until next week. His top deputy Kevin McCarthy on Friday said that vote would go ahead as planned.
Meanwhile Trump meeting at the White House with people who say they've been victimized by illegal immigrants.>> We want safety in our country, we want border security. We don't want people in our country that don't go through a process. We want people in our country based on merit.
>> Republican lawmakers are eager to show voters that they're taking action. His announcement makes their task even harder. Immigration has been one of Trump's signature issues, but so far he's been unable to work the levers of power to get what he wants.