Ramesh Ponnuru: Trump is no dealmaker on immigration reform

Donald Trump Erna Solberg

Donald Trump Erna Solberg

One of those who was present, Sen.

Passing the bill, however, will take time and with neither side eager to appear responsible for shutting down the USA government, the expectation from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is that each of these issues will have to be resolved step by step.

A source familiar with the meeting told CNN's Jake Tapper the President did not refer to Haiti as a "shithole" country but Trump did ask why the United States needs more Haitians and pushed to "take them out" of the deal.

In a statement issued early january 10, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: "An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process". Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, who added, "Right now we don't have enough workers".

"This particular issue is one that can divide members in the House and Senate from the president if he embraces a deal that is considered too lenient on the immigration issue", warned Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

"How do six people bind the other 94 in the Senate?"

"I don't know how you count to a majority with E-Verify in the Senate or in the House", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, a Democrat and whip for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Cornyn said the six lawmakers were hoping for a deal and "everyone would fall in line". Part of the argument I am going to make is that this play-it-safe philosophy hurts us in good Democratic years as well as bad ones.

The proposal presented by the bipartisan Gang of Six was a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children - beyond just those who were enrolled in DACA when it ended, according to lawmakers and sources familiar with the meeting.

SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco Jan. 9 temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March.


Federal agencies will run out of money and have to shut down if lawmakers don't pass legislation extending their financing by January 19. Democrats and conservatives also seem likely to fight the legislation. That group met for the first time this week.

In other words, they'd be using Trump's silly obsession to substantially mitigate the real and substantial damage he's already doing to the lives of immigrants, their families and the communities in which they live.

The tentative deal also addresses border security, including a border wall, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration.

"I don't think there was anybody in that meeting that was someone who was, on principle and in practicality, opposed to legalization of illegal immigrants", said Rohrabacher, who admits no lawmakers would admit to such a label.

Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., dismissed the draft agreement.

"I always wanted to be in that level where you could do something that mattered - and not for the parties and the fame of it, but really do something that was helpful to people", she says. It was unclear why the three other Republicans attended.

At Thursday's White House meeting, Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill. On Thursday, he questioned why the US should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", such as Haiti, El Salvador and the entire continent of Africa. Should legal immigration be scaled back, in the interests of national security and the survival of an already shaky and almost bankrupt social safety net?

The bipartisan group had spent months meeting and crafting their bill and while it was long-expected to find resistance among restrictionist immigration types, more moderate Republicans on immigration had tried to make the case to the President that it was - Flake put it - the only game in town.

He later called it a "joke" of a proposal. Trump later explained he considers a border wall part of a clean DACA bill.

"And during their lifetime, leaders in Washington have not been able to reach an agreement to fix the broken immigration system that allowed them to enter in the first place".

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