Trump Rejects Another Immigration Proposal Before its Even Released

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) have been working on another bipartisan immigration proposal that they hope can pass through Congress, but it may not matter because Trump has already turned it down.

Trump rejected the proposal early this morning without even knowing what's in it (because it hadn't been released yet) but we do know what's not in it.

The proposed bill includes money for border security and the immigration court system, but not Trump's fantasy border wall.

It also would not immediately authorize the $30 billion that Trump is seeking to build the border wall, instead greenlighting a study of border security needs. The bill would also seek to address the number of undocumented immigrants staying in the US by increasing the number of resources for the immigration courts, where cases can take years to finish. [...]

A White House official rebuffed the effort, telling CNN that it takes "a lot of effort" to write up a bill worse than the Graham-Durbin immigration bill, but somehow "this one is worse."

Trump tweeted about the latest immigration efforts Monday, writing, "Any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is a total waste of time. March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Dems seem not to care about DACA. Make a deal!"

If Trump won't sign a bill that doesn't include money for his border wall, or does not cut legal immigration by 50 percent, it won't matter if Congress passes a bipartisan proposal.

I'm skeptical that a truly bipartisan bill could even pass through this Republican-controlled Congress, but even if a bill did pass there's absolutely no way it will pass with a veto-proof majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could still honor his word and hold an up-or-down vote on a bill but it won't matter.

As I've said before, I believe the best hope for saving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this year is in court. That has already proven to be the case at least once after a judge from the Ninth Circuit ruled against Trump's order prompting USCIS to begin accept DACA applications again.

The Supreme Court hasn't decided yet if it will accept the Trump regime's request to bypass the federal appeals court and hear the DACA case directly.

  • Here’s the thing. I have little doubt that if Congress passed these bills as part of the next CR, Trump would sign them. He’s an idiot with no principles and zero political courage when it matters. The idea that he would cause a government shutdown in order to veto these bills doesn’t make sense to me. He’s a bully and a coward, and he LOVES signing things, so I fell pretty confident he’d back down.

  • muselet

    What a surprise, Donald Trump isn’t willing to negotiate or compromise with anyone on anything. If he can’t get exactly what he wants, he’ll destroy the lives of some 800,000 people.

    Remember when Rs accused Barack Obama of being a “tyrant”?

    Is it 2020 yet?


  • Badgerite

    trump and the GOP are taking hostages. What a surprise. I suspect the market tanking has only just begun.
    The ‘king of debt’ is going to bankrupt the United States like he did his casinos spending money on stupid, trashy stuff that doesn’t do anything but it “really classy”.

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  • Draxiar

    “Dems seem not to care about DACA” -trump

    Says the man who fucking ended DACA!!!! >:(