Trump met with Republicans in Congress over immigration legislation on Tuesday, but things seem to be heading for a showdown that would expose the dishonesty and inanity of his policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The Senate appears ready to pass a law forbidding that:
After their lunch Tuesday, the leader of the Senate Republicans walked out to reporters and said something remarkable for this political moment: They don’t agree with President Trump’s policy of separating families at the border, and his entire caucus supports a plan to end the practice.
“I support, and all of the members of the Republican conference support, a plan to keep families together while their immigration status is determined,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said…
The Senate’s No. 2, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), is drafting legislation to keep together families who are apprehended after crossing the border without documents. So is one of the most conservative members of Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). McConnell announced Tuesday that all 50 currently present Republican members of the Senate would support something like those plans.
“This requires a solution,” McConnell said, “a narrow agreement to fix a problem that we all agree needs to be fixed.”
If that happens, it will be a veto-proof majority in the Senate. Then it’s a matter for the House, which also has several bills submitted that would end the practice. Trump is demanding that they pass a larger bill that funds his border wall, using those children as leverage, but that’s much more difficult to get agreement on. If the House passes a bill similar to the Senate, a smaller standalone bill that addresses family separation primarily, it will likely also be by a veto-proof majority because almost all the Democrats will vote for that as well.
So what does Trump do then? Does he veto it anyway and make them override it? Not likely. But it will show the hollowness of his claim that the Democrats were the only ones who could fix the problem because they passed the bill — which exists only in his head — requiring it in the first place.