NATIONWIDE -- The U.S. House has two bills considered to be the most robust pieces of immigration legislation in more than a decade. One bill already failed. It’s unlikely the other will become law.
The vote comes in the wake of President Trump’s executive order to keep families who illegally cross into the U.S. together. We’ll have a report at 7 p.m. from the southern border, including the first lady’s surprise visit to a facility where children separated from their parents are held.
Meanwhile, mayors from across the country are in Tornillo, Texas, to take a stand against the border separations. They said they’re concerned there’s still no timeline or outline for how and when families will be reunited.
Austin’s Steve Adler is among the city leaders speaking out along the border near El Paso. Our Jeff Stensland is in Tornillo with the latest on what the mayors found out about the facility and the migrant children.
The confusion over the Trump administration’s immigration policies continues. By law, migrant children cannot be detained more than 20 days by immigration officials. The Justice Department has formally asked a federal judge to change the rules on detaining families caught at the border. Denise Gilman directs the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin’s Law School. She’ll join Capital Tonight live at 7 p.m. to discuss what happens next to immigrant families.
Most Texas voters oppose family separations at the border. That’s according to a new poll released Thursday by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune. But there are major partisan and gender differences. The co-director of the poll, Jim Henson, joins us to break down the results.
Join us at 7 p.m. for these stories and more, including what a Supreme Court ruling on taxing online purchases could mean for Texas.