Trump has proven difficult to pin down on immigration, as well as senators on both sides of the aisle have been frustrated with the process of striking a deal with him. Last month, only days after he told bipartisan lawmakers he might sign a compromise which can pass Congress, he retrenched as well as pushed for concessions which appear unacceptable to Democrats as well as even some Republicans.
Two days after he offered to support what bipartisan lawmakers proposed, he rejected a plan crafted by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., as well as Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham has expressed frustration with the change Trump showed over those two days, blaming the president’s advisors like policy aide Stephen Miller.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said talks with Trump are like “negotiating with Jell-O.”
The inability to reach an immigration agreement contributed to the brief government shutdown last month.
Congress faces another deadline This particular week. If the item cannot pass a spending bill by Thursday, the government will shut down again.
In a statement Monday, McCain said his immigration proposal might help lawmakers to move closer to passing a long-term budget as well as resolving the disagreement over spending caps. He said the bill “might address the most urgent priorities of protecting Dreamers, strengthening border security, alleviating the backlog in immigration courts, as well as addressing the root causes of illegal immigration.”
Trump complicated matters inside the meeting during which he rejected the Durbin-Graham proposal. Durbin says Trump questioned the need for immigrants via “s—hole” African countries. Graham did not deny which Trump made those remarks, nevertheless two Republican Trump allies inside the Senate — Tom Cotton of Arkansas as well as David Perdue of Georgia — said they did not recall the president doing the comment.