How the GOP’s extreme immigration wish list could force another shutdown
President Trump has two and a half weeks to make up his mind on immigration. Hours after he slammed Democrats on Monday morning for using the government shutdown to let “illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked,” the Senate reached a stopgap agreement that postpones a vote on protections for Dreamers and other immigration issues until February 8.
In the interim, Congress must figure out what to do — and what type of legislation the president will sign once it reaches his desk. Just two weeks ago Trump said he was open to a “bill of love” that would presumably shield hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Then he changed his mind and asked the infamous question: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Amid the confusion, Republican hardliners have stood their ground in pursuit of one overarching demand: fewer immigrants of any kind.