Trump Will Not Sign Off on Immigration Deal Unless Mark Meadows, Tom Cotton Approve

Trump Will Not Sign Off on Immigration Deal Unless Mark Meadows, Tom Cotton Approve, by John Binder.

Meadows confirmed that Trump has entrusted himself and Cotton for their blessing of any immigration deals that are brokered between the president, Democrats, and the Republican establishment. …

Meadows and Cotton’s strong influence on national immigration policy is a win for Trump’s base and the populist, economic nationalist wing of the Republican Party, as the Congressman and Senator have vowed to only support a deal on immigration that cuts legal immigration levels to benefit American workers and constructs a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

For example, both want to see the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S., ended, as does Trump. Ending chain migration, which has imported more than nine million foreign nationals since 2005, would likely reduce legal immigration from more than one million immigrants arriving in the country a year to about 500,000 admissions a year. …

Cotton’s influence in the Trump White House has led to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-IL) to admit that he does not want to cut a deal on immigration, so long as the Arkansas populist conservative is in the room.

Chain migration is a suicide pact for Republicans, because most of the immigrants vote Democrat and because, over time, they change the US culture. Merit-based immigration, like Australia, would obviously be an improvement.

hat-tip Stephen Neil