Just recently, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced that a deal was made by a group of bipartisan lawmakers regarding immigration. His claim, however, was subsequently challenged by multiple lawmakers who argued that they weren’t nearly as close to a deal as Flake had suggested.
Specifically, while speaking to reporters about immigration reform, Sen. Flake told reporters, “we’ve got this bipartisan group, we’re at a deal. So we’ll be talking to the White House about that, and I hope we can move forward with it. It’s the only game in town. There’s no other bill.”
In a separate interview about the topic, Jason Samuels, a spokesman for the Democratic lawmaker, added, “Sen. Flake’s bipartisan group — the only bipartisan group that has been negotiating a DACA fix — has struck a deal. The next step is taking it to the White House.’’
Other Senators, however, like Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), pushed back against Flake’s comments. ‘‘Nothing to report yet,’’ stated Ben Marter, a spokesman for Sen. Durbin, when asked about whether or not a deal has been reached.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), also told reporters that he was skeptical of Flake’s claim and called on him to provide additional details. “I think it’s a good idea for them to share that with everybody else. My job is to count the votes, and I think until people are comfortable with the product, they’re not gonna commit to voting for it, and that’s what I think our goal should be, is to get it passed,” explained Sen. Cornyn. “I welcome their contribution, but it’s not gonna be something that’s agreed to by just a handful of people,” he added.
Even White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against the claim that a deal has been reached. “There has not been a deal reached yet,” she asserted when asked about the Arizona Senator’s comments during a recent press briefing.
“However, we still think that we can get there and we are very focused on trying to make sure that happens. The president has been very clear about what his priorities are in that process. We’re going to continue working with members of the House and the Senate, Republicans and Democrats, to make sure that we try to get that deal done,” Sanders added.
Sanders’ comment about President Trump’s priorities refers, in part, to his dogged insistence that funds for a border wall must be included in the immigration legislation. For example, when asked by reporters if he would sign the bill if it didn’t include money for a wall, he replied, “No, no, no. It’s got to include the wall.”
To clarify, he stated, “we need the wall for security. We need the wall for safety. We need the wall to stop the drugs from pouring in. I would imagine the people in the room, both Democrat and Republican — I really believe they are going to come up with a solution to the DACA problem that’s been going on for a long time, and maybe beyond that, immigration as a whole.”
Without a doubt, illegal immigration is currently a massive problem plaguing our country. Thankfully, though, with President Trump in charge, it’s likely that a deal will eventually be made between the two parties on how to address the problem. In order for this to happen, though, we absolutely must have a wall. Without it, any attempt at immigration reform will ultimately be in vain as undocumented aliens will still be free to easily enter our country illegally.