Skip to comments.White House: Trump not open to 'Gang of Eight' immigration bill
Posted on 02/09/2017 2:05:43 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The White House on Thursday disputed reports that President Trump is open to considering a sweeping 2013 immigration bill that offered a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Reports emerged Thursday that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told journalists on Capitol Hill that Trump told a bipartisan gathering of lawmakers he is receptive to the so-called Gang of Eight bill.
He is open to reviewing the piece of legislation. He says, Well, youve got to start working on it again. And I says, Absolutely, we will, Manchin said of Trump, according to NBC News.
But White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump does not support the Gang of Eight measure, adding he encouraged a group of senators to collaborate on a future immigration bill.
Earlier in the meeting he said specifically at one point the Gang of Eight bill is amnesty, Spicer told a small group of reporters in his West Wing office. Then he said, if you guys want to work on something, Im willing to listen.
If a bipartisan group of lawmakers produced a bill, Trump said, he "would be glad to look at it.
But when asked specifically if he opposes the Gang of Eight bill, Spicer said yes.
If Trump were to voice support for the 2013 bill, it would be a significant break with his hardline views on illegal immigration.
Trump mocked one of the bills authors, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), repeatedly during the 2016 presidential primary.
Rubio is weak on illegal immigration, with the worst voting record in the U.S. Senate in many years. He will never MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! he tweeted last March.
And Trump tapped one of the most vocal opponents of the legislation, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), to serve as his attorney general.
The 2013 bill would have given millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. the chance to apply for citizenship after paying a fine and back taxes. In exchange, it would have authorized a major buildup of border security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The measure, which was backed by former President Obama, passed the Senate but was never taken up by the House.
Why is it acceptable for Senators to belong to a group named after the Chicoms?
A President who represents the American people. Unlike Congress or the courts.
Wishful thinking on Manchin’s part.
Sure the President will look at it, just before he tosses it in the round file.
If they bring this crap back they should ALL suffer from Extraordinary Rendition to Iraq.
There is already a freaking “path to citizenship”. It is called applying to come here legally. Why is that so damn hard to understand?
More Fake News echoed by Dana Perino on The Five just a mere few minutes ago. They never stop the propaganca!
Wit a big VETO stamped on it.
The Gang of Eight bill is weak nonsense. Why do we want to make citizens out of lawbreakers (criminals). Every single person who comes to this country illegally has broken the law and is a criminal, plain and simple. The government should be punishing them and sending them back to wherever they came from. Millions of people around the world are stuck in long, depressing waits trying to come to the US legally so why should the people who illegally jumped the queue get preferential treatment?
Shortly after Mao’s purge of the infamous Gang of Four, some group of four senators worked together on some issue and got nicknamed the ‘gang of four.’ Since that time, any group of senators that go outside party hierarchy to attempt to agree on a bill themselves is called a “gang of” however many there are, in this case, eight. It’s a bit like attaching the suffix “gate” to any political scandal.
passed the Senate but was never taken up by the House.
Only because we Cantorized the Majority Weasel.
Duh! Trump better not even consider what McCain and Graham say; ever.
Thank you President Trump.
I despise that gang of eight.
I suspect that Trump and most of the Republicans in Congress FULLY UNDERSTAND that if we wanted Amnesty, we had well over a dozen candidates, starting with Jeb, ready to give us Amnesty.
Funny how we REJECTED them all...
Amnesty advocates like McCain, are advocating illegal activity and should be arrested. They condone these people (MS13 gang members) living here:
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