President-elect Donald Trump is just a couple of weeks away from being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. One of the main reasons for Trump’s victory on November 8 was his strong, pro-legal immigration campaign platform that included planks such as building a border wall between Mexico and the USA and deporting illegal immigrants.
One of the first challenges that President-elect Trump may face in office beginning on January 20 may come from the Republican Party itself, as various establishment GOP politicians seem to be preparing to fight Trump on a variety of immigration issues.
For example, three GOP senators – Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – have joined forces with liberal Democrat senator Dick Durbin of Illinois to attempt to shield about 750,000 young illegal immigrants from deportation if Trump cancels a 2012 order by President Obama that would permit them to stay in the USA.
Also in the Senate, John McCain of Arizona is pushing back at Trump’s plan to build a wall between Mexico and the USA. McCain appears to support technological improvements in border security more than a wall, and has even discussed his preferences with the Interior Minister of Mexico.
In the House of Representatives, President-elect Trump still faces potential opposition from Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin on a variety of immigration issues. Speaker Ryan allowed passage of the $1.1 trillion federal budget which gave President Obama essentially everything he wanted when it came to immigration policy. Speaker Ryan has met with the Foreign Minister of Mexico to discuss Mexico’s support of a bill which would allow young illegal immigrants to remain in the USA.
It will be very interesting to see which party gives President-elect Trump more grief about his immigration policies once he takes office: the Democrats or the GOP.
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