Democrats aren’t the only ones upset by Donald J. Trump’s plans to deport people in our country illegally, while ensuring that fewer can violate immigration laws in the future. It seems that some Republicans aren’t keen on helping the president-elect keep one of his principle campaign promises.
As reported by Bloomberg, Trump should expect no small amount of pushback from some ranking GOP members:
Donald Trump’s pledges to deport undocumented immigrants and build a U.S.-Mexico border wall helped fuel Republicans’ surprising election victories, but they now face growing challenges from fellow party members.
Three Republican senators are working with Democrats to shield about 750,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation if Trump cancels a 2012 order from President Barack Obama that let them stay in the U.S.
Lawmakers 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,” said Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are joining him on a measure drafted by the No. 2 Democratic leader, Dick Durbin of Illinois, that will be introduced after the new Congress convenes Jan. 3.
In addition, there is little support among GOP rank-and-file for a wall, despite the fact that Republican majorities in Congress passed a measure in 2006 to build a border fence along the entire U.S. southwest border, which President George W. Bush signed and Democrats summarily defunded when they took over Congress in 2008.
As you can see, Trump’s biggest detractors outside of the Democratic Party are Old Guard RINOs–Graham, Flake, Murkowski and others–who owe more allegiance to the corporate donors who fund their campaigns and are addicted to cheap immigrant labor than the president and leader of their own party.
Prediction: Trump gets his wall and the Republican Old Guard gets sent packing in upcoming elections for being the same kind of obstructionists as Democrats.