How Trump and congressional Democrats plan to roll back ‘amnesty’ on immigration
Trump and Democrats are set to launch their new effort to repeal the “amnesty” that President Barack Obama signed into law two years ago.
But it’s unclear what form the plan will take.
In a conference call Thursday with House and Senate leaders, Trump vowed to rollback the executive order.
“I want to go to Congress and say, ‘We’re going to roll this out.’
We’re going have a new amnesty, and we’re going, ‘Amnesty!
“So we’re gonna go to the Congress, we’re not going to do amnesty, because we’re done with amnesty.” “
It remains unclear whether the Trump administration will follow through on that pledge. “
So we’re gonna go to the Congress, we’re not going to do amnesty, because we’re done with amnesty.”
It remains unclear whether the Trump administration will follow through on that pledge.
Democrats in the Senate are also preparing a bill that would rescind the order.
The House bill has already been introduced, and it faces an uncertain future in the GOP-controlled Senate.
But as the White House has moved to pass his first executive order, the Senate has shown no sign of backing away from the effort.
Trump has said that he would keep the order in place even as the House bill makes its way through the Senate.
“He’s going to get to work, but we’re still gonna work,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday.
The new House legislation, titled the “Immigration Reform Act of 2017,” would make it harder for undocumented immigrants who are already here to get back into the country.
The measure would also bar immigrants from obtaining a green card and impose fines on employers who hire undocumented workers.
A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said that while there were disagreements on the bill, the White Nationalist agenda had not changed in the past two weeks.
“This is not a repeal,” the official said.
Trump’s actions also came amid a series of clashes between Trump and top Republican lawmakers.
The president threatened to pull funding from the United Nations if it didn’t provide assurances about the safety of refugees, as well as a promise to deport 11 million people who are living in the U.S. illegally.
In the days leading up to the inauguration, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Sens.
Lindsey Graham and Joe Manchin to discuss a plan to block funding to the UN, which Trump has claimed is a “fraud.”
Trump and the president-elect have also reportedly expressed support for efforts to block federal judges from hearing cases against Trump’s Cabinet nominees.
“If the Supreme Court doesn’t uphold our constitutional rights, and they do, I will not support the Court,” Trump told The New York Times in an interview published Thursday.
“It’s a horrible precedent, and I don’t like that.”
Democrats in Congress have called on Trump to withdraw his executive order and back down on the border wall, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said Friday that she and Sen of California Dianne Feinstein are working on a bill to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.
But Republicans remain steadfast in their opposition to Trump’s executive order — even as they have said that they will oppose any legislation that does not repeal the order, even as it was put in place.
“The president-Elect has been clear about his plan to remove legal immigration and make it impossible for American citizens to enter the United States legally,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
“While the President-elect has made it clear that he intends to make good on this pledge, we are hopeful that this administration will act responsibly and in the interest of our country, not to appease political extremists who oppose President-Elect Trump.”