June 19, 2018 / 7:44 PM / 8 months ago

U.S. House draft immigration bill would keep families together: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans revised a draft immigration bill to keep authorities from separating children from their parents during criminal proceedings for misdemeanor, first-time illegal border crossings, a House Republican aide said on Tuesday.

The draft was meant to address controversy over family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, with President Donald Trump scheduled to speak to House of Representatives Republicans on Tuesday evening about immigration legislation.

The draft bill just days ago was seen as unlikely to pass, but has gained some support in the House. Still, it was widely seen as dead-on-arrival in the Senate, where minority Democrats could use procedural tactics to block it.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Grant McCool

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