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How Texans in Congress feel about Trump’s delay of family deportations depends on their party affiliation

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Republicans say the postponement will be successful at bringing Democrats to the negotiating table. But Democrats say the president is making people pawns in a political game.

President Donald Trump’s abrupt delay in launching a massive deportation effort aimed at families in several American cities — including Houston — drew responses divided along partisan lines.

After exchanges via news release, Twitter and a phone call, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi successfully lobbied Trump to hold off on deporting immigrants around the country. Trump announced the delay in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids via Twitter on Saturday.

“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,” he tweeted. “If not, Deportations start!”

The move came as the U.S. House and Senate are attempting to square away differences in a spending bill that would address the humanitarian migrant crisis at the Mexican border. Democrats said they viewed his deportation threats as an unseemly negotiating tactic. At the same time, Texas Republicans applauded the president’s actions, arguing the threat succeeded at opening up discussions with Democrats.

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“President Trump’s threat to conduct ICE raids brought Democrats to the table for negotiations,” said U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood. “His delay in acting signifies that all sides are moving forward in the right direction. Make no mistake — should Democrat leadership fail to negotiate, I have no doubt the raids will occur.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Williams said in a statement to The Texas Tribune that Trump “has worked in good faith to secure the southern border and make necessary reforms to our immigration laws, only to be met with stark opposition from Democrats.”

Other GOP leaders agreed.

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“Once again, the president is showing his willingness to work with Congress to solve this crisis on our border,” said U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Victoria. “I appreciate his continued push to fix the asylum loopholes that are driving this humanitarian emergency, and it is past time for Congress to do our job to resolve the crisis.”

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, called the situation at the border “unprecedented.”

“Despite the facts, House Democrats continue to kick solutions for this crisis down the road,” he added. “I stand ready to work with the majority to send realistic legislative solutions to provide effective border security and desperately needed humanitarian aid to President Trump’s desk.”

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U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, said that federal border agents don’t have the resources needed to respond to the influx of migrants crossing the border. He urged his “Democratic colleagues to come to the table and work with Republicans and the president to secure our nation’s borders.”

But U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, weighed in on the matter to The Washington Post in his capacity as the leader of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

“The threat to knock and drag people away from their families and out of their communities shouldn’t be a negotiation tactic for an American president,” he said Saturday.

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U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, a Fort Worth Democrat, released a statement Monday.


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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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Trump’s campaign is spending massively at his own businesses — and even more on lawyers

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President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign filed their latest campaign finance reports on Monday.

Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the money in politics watchdog group Open Secrets, dissected the numbers and made two startling discoveries.

In the three months covered, from April through June, Trump's campaign and affiliated joint fundraising committees spent $326,094.24 at Trump businesses, including six figures at both Mar-a-Lago and Trump Hotel DC.

Trump's campaign also spent over $1.3 million on legal bills. He spent approximately $7 million on legal bills in 2018, Massoglia noted.

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Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC

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Republican strategy ripped President Donald Trump for being a "flagrant racist" during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC.

Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

"Rick Wilson, is this a campaign strategy? Is this Donald Trump and his campaign advisers thinking, well, our only hope is going for the voters we already have and energizing them and getting them to come and squeak out that electoral formula once again?" O'Donnell asked.

"Absolutely, Lawrence. As everyone else stated on the show, it’s been obvious for a long time from the long arc of his dad to redling to the Central Park Five to birtherism to this stuff today, this guy, he's racist adjacent in of the best day of his life," Wilson is explained.

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