(NationalSentinel) POTUS Donald Trump, dealing with the fallout from a weekend in which two mass shootings took place — one in El Paso and one in Dayton, Ohio — has come up with an interesting proposal that will once again test whether Democrats are serious about solving issues.
In a Monday morning tweet, the president proposed legislation tying immigration reforms to universal background checks, something Left-wing Democrats have been pushing for years.
“We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them,” the president said.
“Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”
….this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
The tweet comes ahead of an expected press conference by the president at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
He told reporters Sunday that he sends his “condolences” to the people in both El Paso and Dayton and that “we have to get it stopped, this has been going on for years and years.”
As for whether Democrats would agree to such a deal, judging by the overheated responses to POTUS on Twitter, the answer is likely no. Democrats seem poised to place open borders ahead of any other policy proposal because perpetual political power via the importation of millions of new voters is more important to the party long-term.
If 2020 Dem presidential contender Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s response is any indication, a deal won’t happen. Even before discussions of any kind between the parties and the president have taken place, she has already proclaimed the idea “absurd.”
“Again, this is part of the problem. He’s linking [the] issue of basic, common-sense gun reform that we should be going back into the Senate today to vote on with this issue of immigration.”
“Because again, he continues to try to demonize people seeking asylum, people needing our help,” she said.
So now, attempting to find compromises on key issues is “part of the problem.”
And while a majority of Americans would probably support universal checks, poll after poll show that they also support tighter border security and restrictions on immigration.
Remember, Democrats wouldn’t budge when the president offered them a deal on DACA, either, though the party was previously adamant about a path to citizenship for recipients of the program.
- By Jon Dougherty, The National Sentinel
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