Trump says : lawmakers are ‘wasting their time’ on border security !
WASHINGTON : Days after insisting that Congress act immediately, President Donald Trump is telling Republicans to “stop wasting their time” on immigration until after the November elections.
In Friday morning tweets, Trump says Democrats have “no intention” of supplying the votes necessary to pass legislation on the issue and says “We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”
Trump had travelled to Capitol Hill as recently as Tuesday to sell GOP lawmakers on embracing immigration bills pushed by House leadership and to take action to halt the separation of migrant families at the border.
Republican leaders delayed a vote Thursday on what was billed as a compromise measure to fund border security and address legal status for young immigrants brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children, as they try to win more support for the bill.
Here is the full thread of the president’s tweets on immigration from Friday morning:
Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I’ve got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019
The Supreme Court is at the center of the debate over President Trump’s effort to end former President Barack Obama’s DACA program.
Here’s a look at how past immigration and border security talks have played out.
Little appetite for revival
Six of the eight senators are still on Capitol Hill: Democrats Chuck Schumer of New York, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida
Past efforts left bad feelings
Previous attempts to tackle immigration reform indicate it won’t be easy convincing negotiators on the fairness of a deal this time.
The 1986 deal signed by Reagan sought to broadly address rising immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border
Like the reform efforts that have failed since then, it included increased border security, punishment for employers hiring undocumented workers and a path to legal status for those already in the country illegally. About 2.7 million immigrants were awarded green cards because of the law but another 2 million undocumented people were either ineligible or never applied, according to The Washington Post.