White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Monday that a new bipartisan immigration deal put together by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was worse than the Graham-Durbin proposal President Trump rejected weeks ago.
“I have to give it to Senator Coons and McCain, congratulations, because it takes a special kind of person to write a bill that is worse than Graham-Durbin. They did it,” Gidley said, calling the McCain proposal “incredible.”
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., put forward a bill Monday that would grant amnesty in the form of permanent legal status to so-called “dreamers,” but would not authorize spending for a border wall. The McCain-Coons plan would grant amnesty to any “dreamer” who has been in the United States since 2013, a “larger pool of undocumented immigrants than the 1.8 million Trump supports legalizing,” the Washington Post reports.
President Trump previously rejected a DACA compromise proposal by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. that likewise did not fund a wall. The president tweeted Monday that “any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is total waste of time.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
“You have to have a border wall and a security package, the president has been very clear about this. You have to end chain migration. You have to end the visa lottery. Absolutely the president wants to fix DACA, but let’s be clear, not having a border wall is the same thing as Sen. McCain going to bed at night and locking his front door but leaving all the windows open.”
“In order to protect the American people, you have to have a wall at the border,” Gidley said. “Everyone in America sees this, and for some reason these bipartisan bills keep coming forward that don’t address the problem.”
“We can’t be in the same situation five years from now that we’re in today. The president won’t let that happen.”
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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