Durbin and Graham push unpopular immigration amnesty ideas
The two senators who struck a deal with each other on an immigration deal signaled Friday they’ll push ahead with their bargain despite opposition from President Trump, saying they sense growing bipartisan support.Voters intensely dislike many aspects of this proposal. There is no popular support outside of a few Democrat leaders who see bringing more people for a dependency class as a way they can expand their shrinking base. I think one of the main reasons Trump was elected was to stop this kind of immigration law.
The comments by Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, came a day after they were in a meeting where the president reportedly used a disparaging expletive to refer to some developing countries such as Haiti and El Salvador.
Mr. Durbin appeared to confirm Mr. Trump used the word “sh—hole” to refer to the countries, while Mr. Graham did not specifically confirm that account, though he did indicate the president’s words deserved pushback. Mr. Trump has denied he used the terminology Mr. Durbin accuses him of.
Mr. Graham, in a statement Friday, said he “said my piece directly” to the president on Thursday, and is now turning back to the deal itself.
“The American people will ultimately judge us on the outcome we achieve, not the process which led to it,” he said.
“I know the bipartisan proposal discussed at the White House can get a lot of support from both sides. As always, I look forward to considering additional ideas that could make the proposal even better,” Mr. Graham said.