Tucker: 'GOP Heads Finally Found An Issue They Agree On: Preserving Obama's Immigration Policy'

Chris Menahan
Sep. 02, 2017

Tucker Carlson ripped House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) on Friday for lying to their constituents about their stance on giving amnesty to illegal immigrants.

"Republicans won big last fall," Tucker said. "Not simply because they weren't the party of Hillary Clinton but because they promised to undo key parts of the Barack Obama legacy."

"So far, they haven't," he said. "Congressional Republicans could not come together to repeal Obamacare. They did not defund Planned Parenthood. They definitely don't want to build a border wall. But now almost 10 months into the Republican Congress, top Republicans on Capitol Hill have finally found an issue they can really rally around: preserving President Obama's immigration policy."

Transcript via Breitbart:
The Trump administration has announced that next Tuesday will decide the fate of DACA. Thatís an Obama era program which apparently illegally gives work permits to illegal immigrants who arrived in the country as children. Killing that program would fulfill one of the Trump campaignís promises. It would also fit with the Republican Partyís stated position against amnesty and in favor of enforcing the law rather than granting politicized immunity.

Yet, Republican leaders in Congress are scrambling to preserve DACA.

This morning in a radio interview, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan begged the president to keep the program in place until Congress can pass a bill granting amnesty to the illegal immigrants DACA covers. Listen.


RYAN: I actually donít think you should do that. I believe that this is something Congress has to fix.


CARLSON: Speaker Ryan is not alone in that position. Congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado says he wants to force a vote on the so-called BRIDGE Act. Itís a Democratic crafted bill that would give legislative sanction to the DACA. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is backing the same bill in the Senate. Also in the Senate, Thom Tillis of North Carolina is already crafting amnesty legislation heís calling conservative ó a conservative alternative to DACA.
According to news accounts, Tillisí bill would give 2.5 million illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship provided they lack a serious criminal background, apparently opposed to an unserious one.

Tillis is already on the record opposing a border wall. He is an avid supporter of letting low-wage workers of foreign countries into this country. So, donít count on his legislation doing anything to stem the future flow of illegal immigrants.

Weíre supposed to believe this is the conservative position. The only thing it preserves is President Obamaís policy priorities. You know, given all of this, itís also worth nothing three years ago when he was running for the Senate and actually trying to appeal to voters, Thom Tillis promised that he opposed amnesty and insisted the border had to be secure before any kind of immigration reform became law. It looks like he didnít mean any of that.

We asked Senator Tillis to come on tonight. He declined. But we bet if we asked him or any other pro-amnesty Republican on the Hill, ĎWhat is wrong with enforcing immigration laws on the books?í Theyíd tell you itís cruel to deport people who have lived here for a while. OK, thatís a fair point.

But it would be easier to take if our elites showed a similar concern for hurting American citizens and there are many of those. Like the one in four of working age that donít have jobs right now. Or the 14 million on disability, the one in six on antidepressants, the more than 50,000 who died of drug ODs just in the last year. Thatís almost as many as were killed during the entire decade of the Vietnam War.

You hear about those people occasionally in Washington. You hear what those poor DACA kids deal with a lot more and that tells you everything.

Donald Trump ran in 2016 with almost no support from the Republican establishment. In many cases, they actively denounced him. They almost all despised him. But he won anyway because his campaign promises had powerful appeal and Republicans on the Hill were able to benefit by extension.

Rather than take advantage of their good luck and consider whether they ought to try to help the president achieve those campaign promises, Republicans have repeatedly shown their campaign pledges were lies and their chief interest is in protecting the tiny donor class that funds their campaigns.

They show more affinity in many cases for President Obamaís policies than they do for the current presidentís. No wonder that Congressí approval ratings are generally lower than those of the historically unpopular president. When a bunch of republicans are crushed in next fallís congressional election, they will try to blame the president. It might have been easier to listen to the presidentís voters.
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