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Wendy’s employee fires shotgun at customer’s car in drive-thru, police say

North Carolina police took a fast food worker into custody after they said he fired shots at a customer in the drive-thru at a Wendy’s early Friday in Charlotte.

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The incident occurred at 2 a.m., police said.

Investigators said two customers had gone through the drive-thru and were waiting for their food. A female employee brought it out to them, but the women started fighting.

Police said a male employee then came out and shot at the customers with a shotgun.

Nobody was hurt, but officers took the worker into custody.

Police have not identified him and have not said what charges he will face.

North Carolina toddler battling rare Sly syndrome condition

Skylar Rodriguez was born three months early on Nov. 22, 2017, and only given 24 hours to live.

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"Her kidney wasn't working. Her liver's enlarged. She couldn't breathe on her own," her grandmother, Cindy Washington, said Wednesday.

The newborn was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease known as mucopolysaccharidosis type VII.

Her mother, Hunter Howard, said they are one of the first cases in this part of the United States.

"They told us there are only 150 people in the whole world that have this," Howard said.

The disease is also known as MPS7 or Sly syndrome. Patients with it are missing a key enzyme needed for healthy body function.

Body tissue and organs are damaged because of the disease. The result is a very short life expectancy for the now 7-month-old.

"At this point, they're saying that she won't live a year," Washington said.

Skylar's family said they have received world-class care at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center while coming to grips with their new reality.

"I'm thankful, there couldn't have been a better team to take care of Skylar," Washington told us.

But the clock is ticking with no cure for MPS7.

Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment for MPS7. It's an enzyme therapy drug.

However, the family's being told it will cost them $200,000 per year.

That's money they don't have, and the family is left hoping Medicaid will agree to cover the cost of treatment.

"Skylar needs it now, 'cause that medicine just might save her," Washington said.

They are left to wait for an answer about treatment and said they'll cherish every moment they have for now with Skylar.

"She's the light of my life, and I would never want that to dim," her mother said.

Doctors are allowing Skylar to leave the hospital on July 5.

Her condition will be closely monitored from home.

2 arrested after child falls out of moving car, slides across Idaho road

Two people were arrested in Idaho after a toddler who was unrestrained in a car seat fell out of a moving car -- and the driver did not stop his vehicle, KTVB reported.

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Police in Boise said they received a call at 7:53 p.m. on June 15. According to witnesses, the car’s back seat flew open as the driver made a right turn. The 2-year-old child and the car seat spilled onto the road, KTVB reported.

A witness retrieved the boy -- who was not buckled into the seat -- off the road. The child suffered bruises to his left cheek and was taken to a hospital, the television station reported.

Moments later the driver of the car -- Cesar Cabana Ripoyla, 57, of Boise, returned to the scene and dropped off the boy’s mother, Ashley Pantoja, 25, also of Boise -- and drove away, police said. 

Officers later discovered that two other children were in the car and were not properly restrained, KTVB reported.

Pantoja was arrested and three felony injury to a child charges were filed against her on Wednesday. She is being held without bail at the Ada County Jail. Ripoyla is also being held on three felony injury to a child charges and one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. He is also being held without bond, KTVB reported.

Couple finally engaged after airline lost luggage containing ring 

A Texas couple is formally engaged after the bride-to-be’s engagement ring was lost in a luggage snafu for nearly three weeks, WFAA reported.

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Ben Adams and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kahle landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport two-and-a-half weeks ago after a trip to Europe.

Adams hoped to propose to Kahle at her family’s home in Frisco, Texas. But the engagement ring was in one of his suitcases, and during a layover in Iceland all of their luggage was misplaced, WFAA reported.

The luggage was on Iceland-based WOW Airlines. When their flight to Dallas was canceled, Adams and Kahle were rerouted to New York and then Atlanta before finally reaching their destination. 

Adams had to confess to Kahle that the engagement ring was in his luggage, WFAA reported.

“The stakes just went from here to here!” Kahle told the television station.

Adams eventually discovered that their luggage was sent to Boston. The bags were shipped home, and Adams made his formal marriage proposal Wednesday night, WFAA reported.

Kahle said yes.

Washington mom bathes 1-year-old son in bleach to keep him alive 

A 1-year-old Washington state boy battling a rare genetic skin disorder is bathed twice a week in bleach to deter infections, USA Today reported.

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Alicia Barber of Chattaroy gave birth to Jamison Stam in May 2017. The boy was born with harlequin ichthyosis, a recessive inherited disorder. Jamison is covered with plates of thick skin that crack and split apart, according to the First Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types.

Harlequin ichthyosis affects about one in 500,000 people, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders

Jamison was given no chance to live.

"I was severely depressed," Barber told USA Today, "I didn’t go to see him. The state felt like I couldn’t provide proper care for him at that time."

Jamison was in foster care for five months late last year. Barber went to counseling and said she decided to be "the mom Jamison needed me to be" and take over the boy’s day-to-day care. As a mother to a 7-year-old and stepmother to a 6-year-old boy, Barber knew it would be a full-time job.

Jamison's doctors recommended a bleach bath to prevent infections, but they are painful. Barber gives the child morphine to ease the pain, but worries that it affects his already slow breathing, USA Today reported.

"Some days I wake up and I think how am I going to get through another day," Barber told USA Today. "That small voice says ‘Alicia we are going to do this.’ … God is carrying me the most."

Barber said she wants Jamison to have “an amazing life,” She has raised more than $38,000 through a 

Watch: Priest slaps crying baby during baptism ceremony 

It’s not unusual for a baby to cry during a baptism ceremony. What is strange is when a priest slaps the baby in an effort to quiet the child.

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Reddit user posted video that shows a priest using his left hand to slap the baby. The user wrote “This happened today in France, I’m really shocked,” although an exact day and location was not specified.

The video, also posted on YouTube, has a French title that translates to “A priest slaps an infant during his baptism.”

IN the vdieo, the priest first attempts to comfort the baby, hugging the child. When that doesn’t work, the priest quickly slaps the baby.

The man and woman in the video -- either the child’s parents or godparents -- were taken aback by the priest’s action.

The man wrestles the child away from the priest as the video ends.

Dozens of Amazon job seekers turned away after Facebook hoax 

Many local job seekers were turned away from the soon-to-open Amazon Fulfillment Center early Thursday morning. 

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fake Facebook post caused dozens to come down to the center in Southeast Memphis. The post claimed the job fair was starting at 7 a.m., and ending at 10. 

A security guard said people were on site as early as 4 a.m., only to learn no fair was happening.

"I seen on Facebook they had a job fair," Terry Croom said. 

Croom was one of dozens who were turned away. They were rejected by security guard Theodore King, who broke the bad news. 

"I got here at 6 and it was pretty hectic," King said. 

Amazon is aware of the job fair hoax.

Memphis has an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent. Amazon officials said they are aware of the hoax and said they will announce when a legitimate job fair is forthcoming.

Dashboard cookie competition heats up in Arizona

Bikers will become bakers Friday in one of the hottest cities in America, The Arizona Republic reported.

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Competitors will meet in Lake Havasu City for the Almost 9th Annual Dashboard Cookie Competition. The baking contest, in which competitors roll the dough, place it on cookie sheets and set it on dashboards, is called “Almost 9th” because the cookies were eaten before they could be judged during the inaugural event in 2009, according to the contest’s website.

The event coincides with the arrival of cyclists raising money for the Journey of Hope, an annual cross-country bicycle-trek fundraiser for people with disabilities, the Republic reported.

Officials give competitors tubes of chocolate chip cookie dough at 7:15 a.m. and reveal a secret theme, the Republic reported. Last year’s theme was national monuments; the five teams of cyclists have 15 minutes to create cookies that match the theme, the newspaper reported.

The baking sheets must be on the dashboards of cars that are parked on a shade-free road near the London Bridge.

Judging takes place at 11:30 a.m. Friday’s forecast calls for temperatures as high as 113 degrees, the Republic reported.

New York man finds rattlesnake under hood of vehicle

A New York man trying to jump-start his vehicle had to jump back quickly when he discovered a rattlesnake resting on his engine last week, WBNG reported.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported that a man in Hancock called on June 11 to report the snake resting on an engine block. The man opened the hood of his vehicle when he heard the distinct rattle of the reptile.

The man told investigators the snake then slithered to the battery and curled up, WBNG reported.

Conservation officials confirmed that the reptile was a timber rattlesnake, which is the largest venomous snake in New York. Officials said a conservation officer removed the snake from the engine and released it, WBNG reported.

Hundreds of Pittsburgh protesters marching over death of Antwon Rose shut down traffic for miles

Hundreds of marchers took to the streets of Pittsburgh Thursday night, protesting the fatal police shooting of a teenager during a traffic stop Tuesday night.

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Traffic was brought to a standstill as protesters spilled onto Pittsburgh’s Parkway East.

The protest was described by WPXI reporters on the scene as “tense,” but “peaceful so far.”

Marchers, holding signs and cell phones, sat down in the street, blocking traffic and causing a back up for miles. 

Protesters were told to voluntarily disperse by 1 a.m. Friday. Pennsylvania State Police were able to clear all protesters by 2:45 a.m. At least one woman was arrested.

Residents were angry and upset over the fatal police shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose.

Allegheny County police officials said that Rose was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in East Pittsburgh around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday because it fit the description of a car seen fleeing the area of a shooting in the nearby borough of North Braddock. As an officer handcuffed the driver of the car, which investigators said had bullet damage to the back window, Rose and a second passenger got out of the car and ran. 

Footage of the shooting posted on Facebook Tuesday shows the scene from a distance. The 18-second video shows Rose and the other passenger, who has not been found by police, get out of the car and make a break for the yard between two nearby houses.

Three shots are heard and one of the passengers appears to fall into the grass.

Rose, who police officials said was struck three times, was taken to McKeesport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The Allegheny County medical examiner on Thursday ruled the teen’s death a homicide. 

The East Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed Rose  was sworn in just hours before the fatal encounter.

Mayor Louis Payne told WPXI Wednesday that the unidentified officer who killed Rose previously spent seven years working in other departments, but confirmed that he was working his first shift following his official swearing in with the East Pittsburgh Police Department.

Teen sucked into drainage pipe by floodwaters, emerges across street

A Pennsylvania teenager admits he’s lucky to be alive after getting sucked into a drainage pipe underneath a road south of Pittsburgh.

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Ben Smith was helping clear debris from outside of neighbors’ houses during massive flooding Wednesday night.

"There was a quick moment when I thought I wouldn't get out. It felt like I was going down," Smith said. "We were trying to move a van away from it and clear some debris. I went to go after this wood panel and my foot slipped and I just went right under."

Neighbors tried to pull him out, but the floodwater was too strong and Smith was washed away.

He said his instincts and Eagle Scout training kicked in.

"It teaches you to be prepared for any sort of circumstance that comes your way," Smith said. "I knew going against the water would not work at all. So I just tucked in and hoped I could end up somewhere."

Smith estimates he was trapped in the pipe for about a minute before washing out in a small creek on the other side of the road.

He escaped with no broken bones and no major injuries, which shocked his friends and neighbors.

Weird-looking ancient sea creature named after President Barack Obama; it’s actually an honor

Former President Barack Obama was such a friend to science and so passionate about a diverse number of scientific issues that researchers at the University of California at Riverside decided to honor him by naming an ancient sea creature after him.

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Obamus coronatus, translated means Obama crowned, was a disc-shaped, ocean-dwelling sea creature, which lived in the Earth’s shallow oceans between 580 and 540 million years ago, according to UCR researchers. It had raised spiral groves on its surface and scientists believe it was stationary, embedded in the ocean mat, “a thick layer of organic matter that covered the early ocean floor,” according to a statement.

The animals were soft-bodied and lived in the Precambrian era at the dawn of animal life, researchers said. They were discovered in South Australia’s Ediacara Hills in Flinders Ranges as fossils in sandstone that had been preserved for hundreds of millions of years.

These animals “are a new body plan, unlike anything else that has been described,” lead researcher Mary Droser said.

>> Related: New dinosaur with razor-sharp claws and jagged teeth unearthed in Argentina

“We have been seeing evidence for these animals for quite a long time, but it took us a while to verify that they are animals within their own rights and not part of another animal,” Droser said.  

The discovery of Obamus coroanatus was first reported in the online Australian Journal of Earth Sciences on June 14.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston suspended for first 3 games of NFL season, reports say

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will reportedly be suspended for the first three games of the upcoming NFL season for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The news was first announced by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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The suspension stems from an alleged incident involving Winston and a female Uber driver in March 2016, after she accused Winston of grabbing her private parts. Despite the incident allegedly happening in 2016, the NFL opened an investigation in November 2017.

“I wasn’t just creeped out … I was frozen,” the driver, identified as just “Kate,” told Buzzfeed Sports in November.

Winston has not yet been notified of the suspension, according to Schefter, but that could change relatively soon.

“One source said Winston could be notified as early as Friday, but others think it will be handed down sometime in the next week, per sources,” Schefter said.

>> Trending: Funeral home owner faces criminal charges after cremation mix-up 

“Last month, multiple sources said they did not expect Winston to be disciplined, but whatever the facts were unnerved the NFL.”

Funeral home owner faces criminal charges after cremation mix-up

A Middle Georgia man thought his mother would rest in peace after her funeral service in January.

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However, the man learned that cremated remains he had buried weren’t those of his mother, the Telegraph of Macon reported.

Now, a Johnson County funeral home owner is facing criminal charges after he allegedly gave the man the wrong remains.

The situation began when John Hall Brantley, owner of Brantley Funeral Home in Wrightsville, contracted the man, whose identity was not released, to cremate his mother, the GBI told the newspaper.

From January to May, the crematory tried to get in touch with Brantley about cremains it had done for him, but could not do so. The crematory then got in touch with the son, listed as next of kin.

The son was puzzled because "in their minds, mom has been buried," GBI spokesman Scott Whitley said.

Eventually, the son realized what was up. He contacted Wrightsville police, who called in the GBI.

The urn has been disinterred, and the GBI will try to determine whose remains were in it.

In a search of the funeral home, GBI agents said they found three unlabeled containers with cremated remains inside.

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Update: Texas billboard urging liberals to leave state to be taken down

The Texas billboard urging liberals to get out of the state went viral, but will be taken down following backlash.

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According to KDFW, the owner of the advertising company said the billboard that reads "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS" will be taken down and the buyer will be reimbursed.

The billboard is located along Interstate 40 near Vega.

Facebook user Kyle Mccallie of Fritch shared a photo of the sign Tuesday.

"Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it," he quipped in his Facebook post, which has been shared more than 12,000 times.

>> See the post here

The billboard's owner was not identified in KFDA's report

Read more here.

Television personality and commentator Charles Krauthammer has died at 68

Longtime columnist and television personality Charles Krauthammer died Thursday following his battle with cancer.

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His death was announced by two organizations that employed him, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post.

The 68-year-old had been paralyzed below the neck in a diving accident yet graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 and practiced psychiatry.

He later developed a career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and commentator.

Krauthammer is credited with coining the term “The Reagan Doctrine” for President Reagan’s policy of aiding anti-Communist movements worldwide. He was a leading advocate for the Iraq War and a prominent critic of President Barack Obama, whom he praised for his “first-class intellect and first-class temperament” and denounced for having a “highly suspect” character.

In early June, "A note to readers," was published by The Washington Post, Krauthammer, wrote that he had a cancerous tumor removed from his abdomen in August. There were setbacks in his recovery that prevented him from working, but he thought he was making progress in his recovery.

The cancer has returned in an aggressive form, Krauthammer wrote. 

"This is the final verdict. My fight is over," Krauthammer wrote.

In the post, Krauthammer thanked those who have assisted him during his medical treatment. He also thanked his Washington Post and Fox News colleagues, readers and viewers.

Krauthammer said he is leaving this life with no regrets.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Southwest Key: A look at one of the companies sheltering migrant children

Following the implementation of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, aimed at those who would cross the border illegally, upward of 2,000 children were separated from their parents as the adults were turned over for criminal prosecution.

While the adults went to jail, the children, some only infants, were placed in the custody of the federal government. After briefly being detained by the Customs and Border Patrol, the children were then transferred to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.

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From there, children were sent to shelters – around 100 in 17 states – until family or friends can take custody of them or they are assigned to foster homes or other centers.

One company providing shelter for thousands of migrant children that have come before and after the zero tolerance policy is Southwest Key Inc. For years the company has had contracts with the federal government to care for immigrant children. Those contracts have made the company more than $1 billion in the past decade.

Here’s are a few things to know about Southwest Key:

  • It’s a nonprofit organization that, according to its website “contracts with government agencies and private foundations to operate three types of programs throughout the country: youth justice programs, charter schools for kids in underserved neighborhoods, and shelters for immigrant youth. 
  • According to Bloomberg, Southwest Key has the most lucrative contract with the federal government and will be paid the “most among the organizations, government agencies and companies that run a detention and care system for immigrant children on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.”
  • In fiscal year 2017, 11,100 minors went through Southwest Key facilities in Texas alone.
  • Since 2015, it has been awarded $955 million in federal contracts. According to U.S. Health and Human Services data, Southwest Key Inc. has made $1.5 billion from the federal government since 2008. It is on track to be paid more than $458 million in fiscal 2018.
  • Juan Sanchez is president and CEO. He started the company in 1987. In 2016, his compensation was $1.5 million.
  • The nonprofit also operates schools for minors in the custody of the juvenile justice system.
  • According to The New York Times, only 10 percent of children in Southwest Key facilities were separated from their relatives. The majority of minors housed by Southwest Key came to the United States alone as unaccompanied minors.
  • Casa Padre, the Southwest Key’s shelter that has garnered attention in the past week, is holding nearly 1,500 boys, ages 10  to 17 years old.
  • Casa Padre has classrooms, medical offices, on-call physicians, work cubicles, movie theaters, a barbershop and a cafeteria.
  • Southwest Key runs 26 immigrant children’s shelters in Texas, Arizona and California. It also operates in four other states, Georgia, New York, Wisconsin and Florida
  • The company issued a statement about the policy of separating migrant children from their parents saying:  "Southwest Key Programs does not support separating families at the border. For 30 years, our work in offering youth justice alternatives, immigrant children's shelters, and education have served to improve the lives of thousands of young people. We believe keeping families together is better for the children, parents and our communities, and we remain committed to providing compassionate care and reunification. For every child who has come through our shelter doors, we start on day one to reunite them with their parents or a family sponsor and to provide the kind of service that will help them thrive. This has been our priority for decades."

Kate Spade’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan dead at 89

Earl F. Brosnahan Jr., the father of late fashion designer Kate Spade, has died, according to a family statement to ABC News.

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Brosnahan, who went by his middle name, Frank, was 89 and in failing health.

“He had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter,” the statement said.

Brosnahan’s death comes after Spade died of suicide in New York City June 5. Her funeral was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Raising Cane’s employee fired for stirring tea with her arm in viral video

Two employees at a Raising Cane’s restaurant in Kansas City have been fired after a video of one of the employees stirring tea with her forearm went viral online.

The video posted on Facebook shows a female employee mixing tea with her hand fully submerged in a pitcher.

She and another woman can be heard laughing in the background of the video as she poured the tea into a dispenser.

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The video caption read, “don’t drink tea from Cane’s.”

The official Raising Cane's Facebook account commented on the video, stating that all employees involved in the act have lost their jobs, WBRZ reports.

The president and COO of Raising Cane’s told WDAF that the company learned about the viral video late Tuesday night. 

He said the employee was immediately fired and the restaurant has opened an investigation. Employees are also expected to receive more training on company expectations.

Republicans delay compromise immigration vote until next week, hoping to rally support, reports say

Republican leaders have delayed a vote on a compromise immigration reform bill until next week, hoping to rally more support for the measure, according to news reports.

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The move follows the defeat Thursday of a separate, more conservative immigration bill in the House of Representatives.

>> What does the new executive order on immigration do; can migrants be held indefinitely?

Update 9:30 p.m. EDT June 21: Despite President Donald Trump’s executive order on Wednesday rescinding his own policy of separating migrant children from their families during illegal border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border, multiple states are suing the Trump administration over the policy, according to The Hill.

The states involved in the lawsuit contend the executive order does not solve the problems created by the separation of  families, The Hill reported.

Democratic attorneys general from Washington state, Maryland and Massachusetts, among others, contend the administration “violated the due process rights of parents and children who were separated.” The lawsuit was expected to be filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington state.

Some 2,300 children have been separated from their families during the past six weeks the administration has been enforcing its “zero tolerance” policy.

Update 7:30 p.m. EDT June 21: President Donald Trump is criticizing Democrats for their opposition to the hard-line Goodlatte immigration bill, which was defeated in the U.S. House Thursday.

Tweeting that “they won’t vote for anything,” the president complained that Democrats are blocking reform.

“You cannot pass legislation on immigration whether it be for safety and security or any other reason including “heart,” without getting Dem votes. Problem is, they don’t care about security and R’s do,” Trump tweeted Thursday night.

Update 7:00 p.m. EDT June 21:  House Republicans are delaying a vote on a so-called compromise immigration measure until next week, according to The Associated Press.

A vote on the legislation was first rescheduled from Thursday until Friday after another, more severe immigration measure was defeated.

Republican leaders reportedly hope they can get more support for the compromise measure by delaying the vote.

Update 5:00 p.m. EDT June 21: The more conservative of two immigration bills in the U.S. House of Representatives went down in defeat Thursday as 41 Republicans joined the Democrats in a 231-193 vote against the measure, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree

The hard-line measure called for extreme limits on legal immigration and only temporary protections for “Dreamers,” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents.

The second bill is seen as more of a compromise measure, but it’s unclear if Republican leadership can manage to get the votes needed to pass it on Friday, and even if they do, it faces an even bigger hurdle in the Senate, where Republicans don’t have the votes to pass an immigration bill on their own. They’ll need Democrats’ support to get it done.

The Washington Post is reporting an important House moderate in the immigration debate, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) has said he won’t support the compromise measure.

Hurd has said he opposes the measure because it includes funding for a border wall, a campaign promise Trump made to supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign.

He called the proposed wall “an expensive and ineffective 4th century border security tool that takes private property away from hundreds of Texans,” according to the Post.

Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 21:  The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to change the rules around the detention of child migrants one day after the president ended his administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the border, The Associated Press reported.

Officials aim to change rules governed by the Flores settlement, which requires the government to release children from custody after 20 days to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference.

>> Time cover: Photo of little girl crying at border, Trump illustrates immigration debate

The move is aimed at stopping the separation of children from their families amid a new policy where anyone caught crossing the border is charged criminally.

Update 2:25 p.m. EDT June 21: The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected one of two proposed GOP immigration reform bills, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree.

Meanwhile, aides said the House will wait until Friday to vote on a second immigration bill, The Associated Press reported.

Update 1:18 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump discussed the need for immigration reform during a cabinet meeting Thursday, citing national security concerns.

Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 21: First lady Melania Trump is making an unannounced visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.

Melania Trump was in Texas on Thursday morning and planned to tour two facilities holding child immigrants, CNN reported.

She previously spoke out against the policy of separating migrant children and parents at the border.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

The Trump administration policy was ended Wednesday by an executive order from the president.

>> Photos: Melania Trump visits facilities for migrant children in Texas

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 21: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called a pair of proposed Republican immigration reform bills a “compromise with the devil.”

She said that the bills make Republicans complicit in Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy, which directs prosecutors to pursue cases against any person suspected of coming to the country illegally, resulted in the separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border.

Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 21: House Speaker Paul Ryan said officials are working on reuniting families that have been separated in recent weeks at the border.

“I believe (the Department of Homeland Security) is working on that,” Ryan said Thursday at a news briefing. “We obviously want to have families reunited.”

>> Airlines taking stand in immigration crisis, refusing to fly separated migrant children

He said DHS officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring the families back together.

“What we’re trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so they can be adjudicated faster,” he said.

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

>> First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order days after he first started calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation.

The House is set to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills, although neither appeared likely to succeed.

Original report: “The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,” Trump wrote. “At some point (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.”

The president’s tweet comes one day after he ended his administration’s much-derided policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border and as the House readies to debate and vote on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills.

>> Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

It was not immediately clear whether the bills would be successful. House Republican leaders were still trying Thursday morning to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.

 >> From Jamie Dupree: House to vote on two GOP immigration bills – both may fail

Ahead of the planned vote, the president accused Democrats of “only looking to Obstruct” the immigration bills in order to gain political clout ahead of the mid-term elections.

“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),” Trump wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”

>> Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents suspected of coming to the country illegally at the border. The controversial policy was a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement push announced in April.

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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