Even if the bill had passed, it would have been dead on arrival in the Senate, where Democrats had enough votes to kill the bill. Those are expected to culminate in a nationwide series of rallies, protests and vigils on Saturday that will take place on streets, community centers and outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiGOP chairman demands information on "any contacts" between Federal Bureau of Investigation sources and Trump campaign associates Juan Williams: My immigrant story CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over "womp womp" remark MORE said on Thursday that it is a "shame" that Republican and Democratic lawmakers have failed to pass a comprehensive immigration plan.
Conservatives, afraid of how their base may react, did not see a reason to vote for it even if they agree in large part with numerous bill's provisions. McCarthy, who is hoping to succeed Speaker Paul Ryan as speaker next year, and Trump have forged a close relationship. "No use sticking out our necks if the bill's going to fail". Now they are facing nearly certain defeat, stung by their own divisions and President Donald Trump's wavering support.
Trump undercut that message Friday morning when he called the entire process a waste of time and accused the Democrats of "playing games".
What has changed is that immigration agents have temporarily stopped charging border crossers if they arrive with children. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decades old problem.
"We're hopeful that they can reach an agreement to deal with this real emergency issue", McConnell told reporters, referring to a Senate compromise effort by Democrat Dianne Feinstein and Republican Ted Cruz.
The move has made members skittish, especially conservatives who fear supporting anything that could be construed as backing so-called amnesty back home.
"You could see it in the vote last week, and this week there's probably a little bit more of a divide", Scalise said earlier Wednesday on the "Fox & Friends" television show, before blaming Democrats for the impasse. "WIN!" the president tweeted.
"HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON'T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE", Trump tweeted in his all-caps directive. But, that bill, it turned out, also faced long odds. Members are still working with the White House to figure out what exactly the president would sign. On Tuesday night, sources familiar told CNN that the amendment would not be included. He added that he expects they will continue to negotiate over the recess.
For months, leaders have insisted that the Goodlatte bill was dozens of votes shy of passing and instead focused their attention on crafting a compromise.
The vote failed worse than expected, with 121 votes in favor and 301 against.
Last week, the House voted down a bill that would have cut legal immigration, cracked down on sanctuary cities and employers who hire undocumented workers, and increased border security. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican said in a Facebook post admonishing the administration.