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Trump Makes Likely Final Immigration Offer

Curt Mills

Politics, Americas

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts to comments during a meeting with members of Congress and U.S. law enforcement about crime and immigration issues, specifically the MS-13 gang, at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

But it risks losing some immigration hardliners.

This Wednesday the Trump administration formally backed an immigration plan from Sen. Chuck Grassley (with the president concurrently backing an even more hardline House plan from Rep. Bob Goodlatte). The topsy-turvy nature of the immigration debate has further exposed the Republican Party’s internal rifts, leading some to conclude there is no deal to be had.

White House staffers sought to counter that narrative today with one more offer on what many see as the raison d’etre of the Trump presidency. The White House feels it has run out of space—it’s the Grassley bill or nothing—anything more conservative won’t have the votes in the Senate, anything more liberal is assured doom in the House. A White House official explained today that this course of action—backing the Grassley bill—represented “a balanced middle ground,” that is “something that could become law” and something that “could pass the House,” the more conservative chamber.

Notably, the official also noted that various other proposals advanced by Democrats were “never supported by the [Department of Homeland Security]” and certainly not the Department of Justice.

“Negotiations on DACA have begun. Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle,” the president said on Twitter on Tuesday night.

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