House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Tuesday he and fellow caucus members will introduce legislation Tuesday that will narrow the focus on immigration issues leading to the separation of children from their parents at the nation's border.
"It also deals with some of the asylum issues at the border, but it takes out some of the more controversial issues like sanctuary cities, the wall, DACA, keeps it very narrow," the North Carolina Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
"Seventy-seven pages focus just on this much, hopefully to get both Democrats and Republicans to come together to actually solve the problem."
The bill has been shared with the Trump administration and with House leadership, said Meadows, "so hopefully it provides a path forward if the other two bills we have do not go anywhere."
The bill concerning family separation is a stand-alone piece of legislation, said Meadows.
"One of the things not talked about, this issue of family separation is actually addressed in both of the Republican bills," said Meadows. "We actually did that. But this takes away some of the more controversial things that would affect the vote total, so hopefully we can introduce that today and get some real help."
Caucus members are still reviewing a conservative bill offered by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, which allows temporary protection for Dreamers while limiting immigrants' ability to sponsor family members to come to the U.S. and eliminating the diversity visa lottery, said Meadows.
"Obviously a lot of that depends what the president says today," said Meadows, referring to a meeting between President Donald Trump and Republicans planned for Tuesday. "There are some that believe that it is light on enforcement and heavy on amnesty. So it really is going to be what, my constituents back home in North Carolina say, we're putting out surveys to them. Because really it is not my voting card. It is theirs."
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