Opinion: Democrats' inability to compromise hurts immigration reform
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Just a few weeks ago it appeared that a broad, long-term solution on immigration was around the corner. Now, not so much.
Democrats have been focusing on illegal immigrants who came here as children and are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA.
President Trump has made a major concession on DACA. He has proposed an immigration plan that includes a pathway to citizenship for all of the 1.8 million illegal immigrants eligible for the program.
The White House has insisted that, along with a DACA solution, three other pillars are included in any immigration bill: getting rid of the visa lottery, ending chain migration and, of course, building a wall on the southern border.
Last week was supposed to be the time for the Senate to have a free-wheeling debate on immigration. Four separate bills were put up for a vote. None received the needed 60 votes to defeat a filibuster and proceed.
The only way a deal on immigration gets done is if Democrats come to the table with real solutions on the three pillars the president wants to see outside of a pathway to citizenship for DACA-eligible illegal immigrants.
Here is the bottom line: the Democrats have chosen to not meet President Trump in the middle on immigration. It appears that a comprehensive immigration bill is not happening any time soon. Congress should not keep hitting its head against a brick wall on immigration. That is especially the case because a budget has to be passed by March 23rd, background checks for gun buyers have to be strengthened and infrastructure reform has to be put in place.