Here’s your Whiplash of the Day: On Friday evening, White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah released a statement indicating that President Trump supports both the Goodlatte immigration bill and the Paul Ryan amnesty bill.
.@RajShah45: “The President fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill. In this morning's interview, he was commenting on the discharge petition in the House, and not the new package. He would sign either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 15, 2018
The original article and video of Trump saying he “certainly” wouldn’t sign the more moderate bill remain below.
Next week, the House of Representatives will consider two immigration bills, a bill sponsored by Rep. Goodlatte, R-Va., that conservatives are supporting and a more moderate bill with a special pathway to U.S. citizenship for DACA recipients. In an interview on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning, President Donald Trump announced that he will not sign a moderate immigration bill.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 15, 2018
Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have pressured House leadership for months to bring up a vote on the immigration bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte. The bill grants amnesty to roughly 700,000 illegal immigrant recipients of President Obama’s illegal DACA executive order in the form of a renewable 3-year non-immigrant visa with no path to a green card.
Pro-amnesty Republicans find this unacceptable and have threatened to force a House vote on a more liberal measure that would not require businesses to use an E-Verify system, leaves chain migration in place, and would expand amnesty beyond DACA recipients to millions of illegal immigrants. To prevent these moderates from forcing a vote and embarrassing House Republicans by passing a liberal immigration bill without voting on a conservative one, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., announced this week that both bills would come up for a vote next week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has gone on the record to say the Senate will not take up an immigration bill that does not have President Trump’s support. This means that the liberal immigration bill championed by moderates is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate.
President Trump’s message to Congress is clear: If immigration is your priority, pass the Goodlatte bill.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with video of the president on “Fox & Friends.”
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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