AMNESTY WATCH: GOP Senators Asking for Amnesty Concessions from Trump
GOP politicians are needling, pressuring and cajoling President Donald Trump to drop some of his popular, pro-American immigration priorities.
Trump is meeting today with a group of pro-amnesty Republican Senators in the White House, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, the GOP Senator who put together the “Gang of Eight” amnesty in 2013 which split the GOP. Throughout the 2016 campaign, Graham slammed Trump while boosting Jeb Bush.
President Donald Trump, left, hugs Senate Majority
Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX
The face-to-face meeting gives Graham and other pro-amnesty Senators another opportunity to salami-slice Trump’s list of priorities, even before the GOP Senators offer further concessions to Democratic Senators. Normally, this form of direct lobbying of the president is blocked when Trump’s top deputies meet and negotiate with business-first GOP Senators and immigrant-first Democrats.
The bipartisan establishment’s salami-slice strategy was sketched by Texas GOP Sen. Jon Cornyn:
Cornyn says Judiciary R’s meeting w Trump tmrw on DACA.
“As soon as the president will tell us ‘OK this is something I can support’ then that gives us I think a lot of room to go talk to Democrats and say ‘OK this is what our parameters are.’”
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) January 3, 2018
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