During a rally in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday night, President Trump ignored a plan pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan to give amnesty to more than two million illegal aliens and the children of foreign workers, delivering a major blow to the GOP establishment.
The Trump rally was filled with the populist president’s strong language on the border, advocating for an immigration system that works in the interests of American citizens rather than foreign nationals. Left out of Trump’s rally speech was any mention of Ryan’s amnesty deal, that is set to fail in the House tomorrow.
“Democrats put illegal immigrants before they put American citizens. What the hell is going on?” Trump said, as Breitbart News reported.
Ryan and the GOP House leadership were hoping for Trump to give their amnesty deal a shoutout during the rally, but mention of the legislation never came.
Yesterday, following a meeting with House Republicans, Trump officials said the president supported both the Ryan amnesty deal and the other immigration bill set for a vote tomorrow, the pro-American Goodlatte bill.
That support by Trump has not been enough to whip up sufficient votes for either of the immigration bills, with the legislation expected to fail tomorrow.
As Breitbart News reported, Ryan’s deal would immediately bestow an amnesty on about 2.2 million illegal aliens with only the promise that a border wall will be built in the future on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The amnesty would also only reduce legal immigration levels temporarily, giving American citizens no net boost to their wages or relief from mass legal immigration, as Breitbart News noted.
Currently, the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants every year, with more than 70 percent coming to the country through the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country. In the next 20 years, the current U.S. legal immigration system is on track to import roughly 15 million new foreign-born voters. Between seven and eight million of those foreign-born voters will arrive in the U.S. through chain migration.