As covered earlier today by RedState’s Dan Spencer, President Trump said this morning on Fox & Friends that he would oppose any bill which compromises on immigration. Subsequently, it is uncertain whether House Republicans will bother to vote on any immigration package next week. Furthermore, they may choose to forget any undertaking on immigration until after November elections.
“I certainly wouldn’t sign the more moderate one. I need a bill that gives this country tremendous border security. I have to have that.”
For certain, Republicans will put immigration on ice until they get clarity from Trump over exactly what he meant in his Friday morning interview. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., made this clear:
“We want to get clarity on the president’s position on this bill. Republicans are not going to take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump.”
Later in the morning, Trump posted to Twitter some of his priorities, which are included in the compromise bill.
The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018
GOP leaders had agreed to vote on two submissions next week — one, a staunchly conservative measure; the other, a trade-off with Democrats.
Earlier in the week, Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the President was “excited” about the compromise proposal. However, Trump’s comments Friday morning seem to have marked the measure DOA.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa., a strict border protectionist who had predicted both bills would fail, expressed “relief” over Trump’s comments.
The compromise bill adheres to Trump’s four main dictates: $25 million for border security, a merit-based system for “Dreamers,” limited family-based immigration, and the end of the diversity lottery program. Furthermore, it stops issuance of new visas if Congress turns down funding for a wall, ends the separation of children from their parents at the border, and closes “catch and release” loopholes.
According to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., the compromise bill is the only hope for an immigration law being passed in 2018:
“It’s the only shot at [the wall] and it’s the only shot, I believe…to legalize the Dreamers, stop the deportation of the Dreamers, and to have a permanent fix for them.”
Trump’s remarks this morning illustrate why many supporters love him so much: he sticks to his guns. An easy contrast is Arnold Schwarzenegger and his tenure as California governor — he ran in the recall election of 2003, posturing as a no-compromise conservative. However, once in office, he compromised like it was going out of style, leaving many voters feeling betrayed. Trump is on a winning streak in the one area where so many fail: believability. We’re over a year in to his first term and there’s no wall yet, but he’s done a good job in remaining as President that which he was as candidate.
That’s a lot rarer than it should be, yet somewhat rare nonetheless.
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