According to a report by Politico, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is meeting with President Trump trying to talk him into amnesty for DACA recipients if the Supreme Court reverse former President Barack Obama’s order.
President Donald Trump is expected to host Republican senators at the White House Thursday to discuss offers to give legal status to people who came to the country illegally as children, according to a person familiar with the plans.
“We got called over,” Graham told POLITICO. “I think the president will win in court on DACA that he can set aside the Obama-era DACA rules, then what do you do? I mean If you’re going to give them legal status I hope we get something for it.”
Other senators invited to the meeting are Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Martha McSally of Arizona, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Perdue and Tillis have been pushing the White House to expand the number of temporary foreign workers in the United States.
“Graham is trying to seize the initiative … as if he has other people following him,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies. She continued:
He acts as if a [DACA] amnesty is inevitable, and that the Republicans are not in the driver” seat, and as if they have to scramble to get some scraps from the [negotiating] table. That is not the case at all — the reality is that there is no appetite among voters or most Republicans to enact any massive amnesty giveaway.
The expected cancellation will create an uproar in pro-“Dreamer” media outlets but can be a political boon to Trump, says immigration reformers. For example, Trump has complained that the judges’ preservation of the DACA program up to now reduces his political leverage to get Democrats in Congress to close various border loopholes and to help deport illegal migrants.
What are your thoughts on Graham now trying to pander for amnesty?