Only Trump Can Fix Immigration, Says Mike Coffman (Yes, Really)

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Rep. Mike Coffman (left).

As the debate over immigration policy in the United States endures the hard shake of President Donald Trump and the hard-line slate of policies he promised on the campaign trail, fellow Republicans hoping to chart a politically survivable path through the chaos on this explosive issue are having a very difficult time. Nationally one of the most frequently-cited examples of this is Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, whose “evolution” on immigration since redistricting forced him out of Tom Tancredo’s old constituency and now placing Coffman necessarily at odds with Trump’s plans for a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

Except, as Real Clear Politics reported over the weekend, maybe that’s not true? Does Coffman actually see Trump as a savior on immigration?

Rep. Mike Coffman, who represents a swing district in Colorado and has been a strong supporter of protecting Dreamers, said Trump might be able to convince even his most conservative supporters to back such a deal.

“He’s got the credibility in terms of being tough on immigration and I think he’s the only one, probably, within the Republican Party that can solve this issue,” Coffman said. [Pols emphasis]

Subsequent to the announced deal with congressional Democratic leadership and the Trump administration on protecting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program beneficiaries, there’s been an uptick in speculation about the possibility that a President elected on what can be accurately described as the most anti-immigrant platform in modern history might be able to broker a grand bargain on the issue–to include resolution of status for all undocumented immigrants in the United States and “border security” consistent with keep Trump’s promises to build a wall on the southern border. Since that time, as Trump sought to reassure his base that he wasn’t “caving” on the campaign’s hard line, much of that confidence has dissipated. Negotiations are nonetheless reportedly ongoing this week, and we’re all obliged to wait for news there.

In the meantime, this is another chance to remind readers that Coffman’s fate is linked to that of the Trump administration–on immigration as just one of a range of issues, and Coffman has done it to himself. This is a man who dramatically outperformed in a district that Trump lost handily by brazenly triangulating off Trump’s various offenses. And now he says it’s Trump who has credibility on immigration? In fact, Coffman says, Trump is the only Republican who can get immigration reform done? Is that what the ticket-splitters in CD-6 expected?

All we can say is, remember this moment.

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  1. FrankUnderwood says:

    And there he is standing besides Cantaloupe Calves King, Tommy Tancredo's successor as chair of the House Xenophobic Caucus

  2. Pseudonymous says:

    Only Hitler can stop fascism.  He's the only one with credibility on the issue.

    If Republicans like Mike Coffman weren't so busy cravenly seeking to retain their small serving of power, people like Mike Coffman could fix immigration.  But, hey, why bother?  We can always wait for a well-intentioned xenophobe to come along.

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      Poor Mikey must be sweating at the prospect of the Graham-Cassidy bill making it out of the Senate and into the House.

      I suspect that special dispensation which Paul Ryan gave him last spring to vote "No" on the AHCA bill was a ticket good for one ride only. He's going to need to follow Cory Gardner into that legislator/witness protection program where they avoid town hall meetings by hunkering down in Moldy's basement.  

  3. Moderatus says:

    It just burns you up that Republicans might solve some of the nation's big problems? That EVIL TRUMP might do some good as President? You can't have that can you? You disgusting partisan slime. You're the ones hurting America.

  4. unnamed says:

    Mike.  Trump is not Nixon.  Immigration is not China.  And you are not Vulcan.

  5. mamajama55 says:

    Trump can't "fix" immigration. That would take comprehensive immigration reform, a path to citizenship, meaningful penalties for those who employ and exploit non-citizens. Border security we've already got. How many more thugs do you want patrolling our borders?

    What Trump could do is the same bandaid fix Obama made – give Dreamers – youth who were brought here as undocumented children – a path to citizenship and a reprieve from deportation.

    But I'm not holding my breath, unfortunately. Because our President, sorry to say, is nucking futs. He's completely unpredictable and pretty irrational.

    As for Coffman, that's the weakest passing of the buck I've seen in a while. Stand for something, you sorry-ass wannabe soldier. Nobody's buying your BS.

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