Amid the controversy over migrant family separations at the border, Karl Rove said Republicans need to move the conversation back to the economy in advance of November's midterm elections.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to allow children to stay with parents caught crossing the border illegally -- moving to stop the family separations that have triggered a national outcry and political crisis for Republicans.

He also called on Congress to work together on comprehensive immigration reform, but he said he doesn't expect much cooperation from "obstructionist" Democrats.

On "The Daily Briefing" on Thursday, Rove said House Republicans should vote yes on one of two immigration bills, send it to the Senate and let Democrats take the heat for killing bipartisan immigration legislation.


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"If that happens, the Republicans will have done the right thing in the House and [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer will have done the wrong thing in the Senate, and people will acknowledge that," Rove said.

He said the GOP will have won this immigration battle, and Democrats will be the ones to "pay a political price."

He warned that a failure to do so would leave a bad impression in the minds of independent voters, particularly suburban Republican-leaning women whom the GOP needs to carry in November to keep control of the House.

Watch the full "Daily Briefing" segment above.


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