UPDATE: Nobody else is censoring the word “shithole,” so we stopped bothering to.
Please excuse…well, everybody. We’re all in this together apparently.
Denver7’s Blair Miller reports on an agreement between a small group of U.S. Senators including both Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet of Colorado on an immigration reform package that could in theory break the logjam around this long-vexing issue–creating a good deal of excitement yesterday:
The group – which Denver7 first reported in December was working toward a bipartisan deal – has worked for months to pair the Dream Act, which would extend protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. when they were children, with border security, visa lottery and family-based migration reforms.
Sens. Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) of Colorado are part of the bipartisan group, along with Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
“President Trump called on Congress to solve the DACA challenge,” said a joint press release from the senators. “We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle that addresses border security, the diversity visa lottery, chain migration/family reunification, and the Dream Act—the areas outlined by the President. We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress.”
But as CBS News reports today, President Donald Trump is throwing cold water on Gardner and Bennet’s work product in a trademark Twitter barrage this morning:
President Trump on Friday expressed opposition to the “agreement in principle” struck by a bipartisan group of senators to protect so-called “Dreamers” and to enhance border security.
In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said that it is a “big step backwards” and that his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was “not properly funded.”
And that, dear readers, is how the President scuttles the deal.
Most of the press attention this morning is focused on a comment reportedly made by Trump yesterday about so-called “shithole countries” that the U.S. shouldn’t prioritize for immigration, and how we “need more people from Norway” as opposed to those “shithole countries” including Haiti.
Once the dust settles from Trump’s latest verbal offense, we’ll still have this more consequential development flying under the radar.