So there’s a report from CNN saying that Lindsey Graham and Jared Kushner are working on a way to end the shutdown but it would include billions for the wall… and amnesty.
In Graham’s office, GOP senators discussed an immigration deal - $5.7B for the wall - plus provisions to entice Dems: DACA, TPS, H2B. Kushner told them if it has wall money and can pass Senate, WH would be open to further talks. Rs now plan to pitch Ds https://t.co/grbISgPn9U— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 10, 2019
It’s still very early in these discussions — and a very steep climb at best for this to become law — but with the Dem-Trump talks broken down and no willingness on McConnell’s part to put House bills on floor, it may be the only game in town— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 10, 2019
More from CNN:
After Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders, GOP senators privately gathered in Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office Wednesday to discuss a way out of the logjam. The long-shot idea: propose an immigration deal that would include $5.7 billion for Trump’s border wall along with several provisions that could entice Democrats.
Those items include changes to help those who are a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as well as immigrants from El Salvador and other countries impacted by the Temporary Protected Status program – along with modifications to H-2B visas.
The plan is in its very early stages. Its chances of success are still very uncertain at best, Republicans cautioned.
That last sentence means he heard it from Republicans, I think. And that may mean that they leaked this in order to pressure Trump. Perhaps.
GOP senators pitched the idea to senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who said if they came up with a proposal that got Trump his border wall money and could pass the Senate, the White House would be open to more discussions on the matter, the source said. He did not say Trump would endorse such a plan.
Here’s the list of the Republicans who are supposedly behind the plan:
The GOP senators — who include Graham of South Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Rob Portman of Ohio and Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska — discussed the plan in a hastily arranged meeting Wednesday, with several of them now planning to propose the idea to Democrats to see if there’s a enough support to break the logjam.
You know that the base would howl angrily if there was any amnesty granted. And a lot of anger would be tossed against the Republicans – why didn’t they get this done when they had control of the House? So absurd.
I mean, we all knew this was coming right? Republicans and Democrats have been wanting amnesty for more than a decade, while their constituents have been fighting against it. That’s partly why Trump won.
But, according to some, Trump is gaining stronger advantage the longer this drags out. If that’s the case, then I look forward to the Democrats caving completely under his genius negotiation skills. Also, #MAGA!!