WASHINGTON — House Republicans who thinking about in the years ahead using an immigration bill now have a very fast-growing obstacle before them: President Trump.
And in the event the good his administration thus far is any guide, Trump will prove a formidable opponent than Democrats.
But Republicans — including Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, who chairs the home Homeland Security Committee — don’t frequently realize that. Knowning that can be quite a costly mistake during the midterms.
McCaul expressed optimism how the so-called “compromise” bill, which may allow families detained at the border to remain together, would create a approach to citizenship for 1.8 million “dreamers,” boost border security and curtail some legal immigration could pass with Trump’s blessing.
“Used to do communicate with the White House. They did say the president is 100 percent behind us,” McCaul said yesterday on “Fox News Sunday.”
McCaul clearly didn’t see Trump’s Twitter feed.
Days after telling Republicans to never bother passing a bill until following midterm elections, yesterday Trump called for immediate deportation of border crossers without due process, digging his heels in about the issue in such a way created to please his supporters.
The tweet also came days after Trump created rare course reversal on his tough immigration talk by signing an executive order stopping children from being separated from detained close relatives as images of the kids horrified Americans. But we certainly have found that Trump will not tolerate to retreat — so when made to implement it, he boomerangs way back in defiance.
Consider the prepared statement he earned once the deadly Charlottesville attack as he called out hate groups, only to swing back at some point later to declare there was clearly “very fine people for sides.” Consequently he hasn’t looked back, decrying the removal of Confederate monuments as being an erasure of “our culture,” and pushing the NFL to outlaw player protests of police brutality against black Americans.
Consider even the last effort in a immigration bill, that he or she promised to sign until administration hardliners, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, reminded him of his base support. Trump torpedoed it.
The Congress is, certainly, a different and co-equal branch of presidency, with the ability to pass a bill and send it to Trump’s desk, essentially calling his bluff. An extremely move can also give folks Congress some political cover killing the midterms, as Democrats stand able to blast Republicans for turning their backs over a growing humanitarian crisis.
But the past indicates so is definitely an unlikely outcome — the place Republicans will probably back off before Trump’s opposition again.
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