Senator Tom Cotton joined Chuck Todd on Sunday’s Meet the Press program, weighing in on President Trump working with Democrats rather than his own party.
Todd says President Trump “Struck a deal on the debt ceiling with Democrats, Republicans weren’t in the room. He apparently seems to strike, at least the outlines of what a deal on DACA will look like, which apparently is no funding for the wall, without Republican leaders in the room. Are you concerned about this?”
Senator Cotton takes the position that there is no deal, that he’s been asked to help craft one by sitting down with Democrats.
He says, “They want to focus on a package of benefits for illegal immigrants. We want to put American workers’ interests first and we’ll do that. But there’s no deal right now and I’m happy to work with the President and Democrats in Congress to try to reach a deal that helps American workers.”
Todd asks, “Do you think the President gave up his leverage by allowing the border wall to be not part of this deal? Democrats made that as part of the insistence. Do you think that was wise by him or not?”
He says, “I don’t think he gave up that leverage, (of course he did) the wall is really a funding matter (for which he could have secured commitments). We’ll have a government funding debate later this year. if you want to give legal status to these 700,000 or so people, who are in their twenties and thirties now, that came here illegally as children, that’s a permanent and irreversible change to American law.”
He continues, “You need to make a permanent and irreversible change in return to protect American workers. And the way to do that is my legislation, the RAISE Act, which will stop unlimited chain migration and re-orient our green card system to high skill workers. That’s the real core of the deal.”
Cotton explains how he believes he has the solution to the problem or at least the best potential for a workable compromise that puts Americans first. And no, it clearly does not have a wall as part of the priorities at this point.The Democrat priority of DACA is being addressed on an urgent basis and the promise of a wall that matters to the President’s base is still being pushed into “someday.”
We’re being conditioned for our eventual acceptance of much of what we fought against.
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