Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AMNESTY WATCH: Trump Bets Base Will Stick With Him On Immigration

President Trump is betting that his base will give him wide latitude to pursue an immigration deal with Democrats despite the outburst of anger from prominent voices on the right.
Conservative pundits like Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham denounced Trump’s pursuit of an agreement as a betrayal. GOP Rep. Steve King (Iowa) warned the president risked fracturing his base.
... Many of the conservatives criticizing Trump were cheering him just a week earlier, when he followed through on his promise to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Obama-era program shields hundreds of thousand of immigrants from deportation.
But the president appears to be having second thoughts, turning to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) to help him enshrine the program in law in exchange for enhanced border security measures. The trade-off might not include funding for Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The budding alliance with Democrats on immigration is emerging as a test of whether Trump’s personality or his policies are what put him over the top in last year’s presidential election. ...
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1 comment:

cimbri said...

Trump's negotiating and it's bearing fruit already. If chicken littles would quit panicking, and leave it in Trump's hands, he could get a lot done. He's already split the moderate and left wings of the Democrats.