Tucker Sounds The Alarm: GOP In Danger Of Collapsing Over Immigration Betrayals
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 15, 2017,
Sep 15, 2017, 17:50
After a White House dinner Wednesday night, Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said they'd reached agreement with Trump that DACA renewal would be packaged with border security "excluding the wall".
Trump, for his part, insisted there was "no amnesty" in the deal and stressed any legislation would include "heavy" new security measures at the border - while vowing that the wall itself "will happen". With a different president - one with real leadership skills, not the reality TV version Trump embodies - it might be possible.
Trump delighted his own camp last week by rescinding the DACA protections decreed by his predecessor Barack Obama - but then urged Congress to craft a legal solution within the next six months.
"We have reached an understanding on this issue", said Sen.
That's right: President Donald von WallBuilder, who commanded his minions to destroy DACA, is now backtracking and working with Democrats to allow the program, which defers deportation for some immigrants and children of immigrants who entered the country illegally, to remain intact.
The Associated Press described the fate of 800,000 young immigrants as hanging in the balance Thursday as top lawmakers, White House officials and the president "squabbled over whether an agreement had been struck to protect them - and, if so, exactly what it was".
While Schumer and Pelosi said they had come to a deal with Trump on DACA and the proposed border wall, Trump took to social media to deny the existence of any such deal.
Still, Mr Trump yesterday appeared to acknowledge the complexity of handling the issue of the immigrant children dubbed Dreamers.
"I'm also finding that sometimes to get things through it's not working that way", he said. "Who's fighting for them?" said Barletta, who is hoping to capitalize on the anti-illegal immigration sentiment that allowed Trump to win the state.
Deyanira Aldana, a DACA recipient from New Jersey who participated in Wednesday's event, said: "I came [to the U.S.] when I was 4 years old to reunite with my family and received DACA when I was 16".
Pushed on how that wasn't amnesty in the eyes of Trump's supporters, Walters demurred and said she would not "sit here and litigate" what constituted amnesty.
In New York, Martin Batalla Vidal, who came to the USA with his parents when he was 7, said he's taken college classes, does "meaningful" nursing home work and pays taxes.
"This is not just about young people - that would be justification enough to do this", she said. The discussion focused on DACA. "We can not repeat the mistakes of the past with a comprehensive immigration bill that does not work".
"I think the GOP base is split between people who are immigration hardliners and thought Trump would be their guy on this versus people who just love Trump and will back him no matter what", he wrote in an email.
But immigration, and the border wall in particular, hold special resonance with Trump supporters.
Trump later changed his message stressing "the wall is going to be built and it will be funded later".
There's also an option the Republican majority hasn't tried.