Nearly everywhere President Trump goes, it seems success has followed: starting at home, Trump has the economy roaring and the stock market booming; then, he delved into jobs and has historic unemployment lows across the board to show for it; then, he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and got a peace deal working; then, he went to Europe and got UN members to contribute more to the international security fund; then, he went to Canada and got a better North American trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Although Trump admittedly did not get a full repeal of Obamacare and does not have full funding for a southern border wall, he did score some success with both issues. Now, still less than two years into his term, President Trump is turning his attention to immigration reform and said in a tweet on Saturday that he could have the issue solved in one hour.
Congress has toiled over immigration reform several times over the past two years with the same outcome: not enough people supported the bill for it to pass. If a bill did clear Congress, it did not go far enough for the president to sign it into law; and the cycle continues.
Trump, however, only needs one thing for immigration reform to take place: any cooperation from Democrats.
In the tweet, President Trump said he simply needed House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer to call him and they could work out a deal.
The president has previously shown a willingness to make concessions to the Democrats, should they be willing to do the same and fully fund the southern border wall. Democrats so far are not willing to play ball, but with the midterm elections just around the corner, every single decision needs to be calculated or it could have negative effects.
“If the Democrats would stop being obstructionists and come together, we could write up and agree to new immigration laws in less than one hour,” Trump said on Twitter. “Look at the needless pain and suffering that they are causing. Look at the horrors taking place on the Border. Chuck & Nancy, call me!”
If the Democrats would stop being obstructionists and come together, we could write up and agree to new immigration laws in less than one hour. Look at the needless pain and suffering that they are causing. Look at the horrors taking place on the Border. Chuck & Nancy, call me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018
The Hill reports, Trump may be extending a hand to Democrats so that a deal can be made in light of the midterm elections. Should Democrats win a majority in one or both chambers, a deal which funds the border wall would be unlikely:
Conservatives are growing worried that President Trump and GOP leaders will strike a slimmed-down immigration deal during the lame-duck session if Democrats win back the House in November.
Republicans fear that Trump, who relishes in the role of dealmaker, will be eager to provide protections for hundreds of thousands so-called Dreamers in exchange for a $25 billion border wall, and that he might do so without getting any other concessions from Democrats if he thinks it’s his last chance to secure funding for the wall.
But a potential agreement over the hot-button issue of immigration fell apart in June, and it’s highly unlikely that immigration hard-liners like White House senior adviser Stephen Miller would back legislation that trades Dreamers for the wall.
At the time of publication, neither Pelosi nor Schumer had responded to Trump’s remark.