White House Slams Dems on Immigration, But What About These 8 Republicans?
After several immigration bills failed to get 60 votes in the Senate on Thursday, the White House released a statement blaming the Democrats for failing to take the issue of DACA legislation seriously enough to reach a compromise.
“Today, the Schumer Democrats in the Senate demonstrated again that they are not serious about DACA, they are not serious about immigration reform, and they are not serious about homeland security,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “Schumer Democrats chose to filibuster it because they are held hostage by the radical left in their party, which opposes any immigration control at all.”
President Trump threw his support behind a bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley during debate – a bill that came very close to matching the proposal made by the president himself. Under that legislation, Congress would have allocated $25 billion for the border wall, put an end to chain migration, and closed up shop on the ludicrous diversity visa lottery. In exchange, Democrats would have been given an amnesty gift in the form of a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors.
Only 39 Senators voted for the bill.
So here we see that Democrats, while a problem, are not the only problem. Republican support for the president’s broadly-popular immigration agenda is still astoundingly weak because too many people wearing the GOP pin are beholden to big business donors who depend on the cheap, easy labor afforded them by unrestrained immigration levels.
This is why you saw eight Republican senators joining Schumer in an amendment that would have given amnesty to almost every illegal immigrant in the country, barring those who have been convicted of a serious crime. Mike Rounds, Johnny Iskason, Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins (of course), Lisa Murkowski (of course), Jeff Flake (of course), Lindsey Graham, and Cory Gardner shamed themselves by signing on to this reckless proposal.
We’ve already seen what happens when we start using terms like “prosecutorial discretion,” which is how Schumer’s amendment characterized the new deportation policy. It’s the kind of thing that sounds so, so reasonable (why WOULDN’T you prioritize the deportation of criminals?) on the surface, but as seen with Obama’s two executive orders and his own “discretion,” it results in blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants. And if this fight over DACA has proved anything, it’s that once you give the open-borders crowd an inch, they’ll take a mile.
This is not what President Trump campaigned on. This isn’t even CLOSE. It’s time to walk away from this entire sad fracas, end DACA, and get back to the business of deporting illegal immigrants by the van-load. Let the Democrats and the weak-willed Republicans come crawling back on their hands and knees when they want to compromise. And let them know that if it’s going to get done, it’s going to get done the way TRUMP wants it. Period.