(National Sentinel) Illegal Immigration: There are several things establishment Republicans either don’t get about President Donald J. Trump’s amazing victory in November or are simply refusing to acknowledge, and one of them is Americans’ zeal for immigration enforcement.
That includes Trump’s oft-stated pledge to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border (and make Mexico pay for it).
According to Breitbart News, however, GOP leaders in Congress are more concerned about their donors than they are about the president’s agenda and the will of the people.
The site reports that earlier this year at a private dinner, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin basically said funding for Trump’s border wall has virtually no chance of happening because only “one member” of Congress wants it.
That’s BS, say several people who were either at the dinner and heard the comment or are familiar with what was said. One of them is former Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, who spoke on the record to Breitbart exclusively about it.
“Ryan told a group of Republicans he met with … that only one person wants a wall,” Tancredo told Breitbart News shortly after the dinner.
Tancredo took issue with the Speaker’s characterization of support for the wall within the House GOP. “Of course he means only one person in his entourage and of the leadership,” he told Breitbart News. “I know several people in Congress who want a wall and I know that there are millions of Americans who want a wall.”
“You have to understand the level of fear that exists in the Republican establishment about this issue,” he continued, explaining why Republicans who used to regularly call for tougher border and immigration enforcement are now reluctant to do so.
“The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want a wall … the pressure is greater from the Chamber of Commerce than it is from the members,” said Tancredo, who for years as a member of the House fought a largely unsuccessful battle to get Congress to combat the flood of illegal immigration. “That’s the basic problem. It was then. It is now.”
Another member of the House, who was not named in the Breitbart story, confirmed the conversation then explained its context, adding that GOP support for a wall isn’t as strong as it should be:
All this narrative serves to inform is that Ryan is making a point of listening to Members and that Members mostly are trying to listen to each other. I believe it is true that support for the wall is not as strong as it needs to be among House Republicans.
The member added:
Another thing I have noticed is that Members’ knowledge and opinions on immigration seem to only be traceable back to their arrival in Congress. Not many brought much experience or knowledge on the topic with them. 64% swore in January 2011 or later. They only know that which was debated in the Obama era. Some are Never Trumpers.
We have work to do.
We’d say so. Because getting tough on immigration enforcement which includes a border wall is a major reason Trump’s base is so wide and deep. It was, and remains, an important issue for a majority of Americans. The GOP will fail to grasp that reality at its peril.
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