President-elect Donald Trump defeated all of his Republican opponents in part because of his tough rhetoric on illegal immigration and his pledge to build a “beautiful” wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet and already a few Republican senators are trying to stop his agenda when it comes to illegal immigration, Newsmax reported.
Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, all Republicans, were reportedly working with Democrats in order to shield some illegals from deportation.
Their efforts were targeted at roughly 75,000 illegal children protected from deportation by a 2012 order from President Barack Obama.
“(We want to) ensure that children who were brought here by their parents, through no fault of their own, are able to stay and finish their education and continue to contribute to society,” explained Flake.
The Huffington Post noted that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could easily be repealed by a President Trump, as it was an executive order issued by Obama.
It is unclear what Trump’s plan for illegal minors actually is. Early in December, Politico reported that Trump explained in his interview for TIME as Person of the Year that he said he would “work something out” with the so-called “Dreamers.”
Regardless, the actions of those three Republican senators is outrageous. They are trying to undercut Trump’s agenda — and they don’t even know what it is yet!
While Trump can — and should — expect some opposition from Congress with various parts of his agenda, what these three senators are doing is pure obstructionism. It would be one thing if they were crafting this legislation after Trump stated he would deport the Dreamers, but Trump has made no such statement.
If Graham, Flake and Murkowski are going to act like this before Trump is even the president, what will they do when he actually tries to enact his agenda?
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