Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett schools Meghan McCain on Trump’s ‘immigration deal’: Why is it a deal when Americans want it?
The women of “The View” were fiery about the ongoing battle between the Senate and the White House about immigration reform. Former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett called out Meghan McCain for trying to blame Democrats for the lack of an agreement.
While there is bipartisan agreement on protecting DREAMers and DACA recipients, Trump continues to demand funding for his wall if Congress wants to pass a bill for immigrant youth.
McCain argued that there is a lot of room for bipartisan agreement and she said she didn’t understand why people are throwing around rhetoric about it.
“It’s because of Trump,” co-host Joy Behar said.
McCain shot back that it wasn’t just Trump’s problem and attempted to blame Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for a potential government shutdown over this issue. As a fact check, Democrats and Schumer are not in control of the House, Senate or the White House and if Republicans wanted to pass their own immigration reform bill without Democrats they could easily do so with only Republican voters.
Behar cut in to say that Trump proclaimed there is no deal without the wall. McCain said that was what she meant that Democrats must agree to the wall and to stop so-called “chain migration.” Republicans, however, could pass their own bill with all of those things.
“The problem with chain migration, Meghan, is that if you give the DACA recipients citizenship, what this administration is doing is making sure that their parents get sent back,” Sunny Hostin explained. “And, so, you’re breaking up families and they don’t deserve that kind of treatment.”
McCain went on to claim that there are huge groups of voters who supported Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric during the 2016 campaign when it came to immigrants and Democrats have to realize that they need to agree to the GOP’s demands if they want to save DREAMers.
Jarrett noted that 76 percent of Americans want protection for immigrant youth, so it has nothing to do with consensus or Trump’s need to do what Americans are demanding, because Americans already want these protections.
“Why is a deal necessary? Why can’t you just pass a bill that is for them?” Jarrett asked.
McCain admitted it was a political problem because Trump’s own base doesn’t want anything other than a wall. Thus, Trump is kowtowing to the 24 percent of Americans who don’t want protection for DREAMers and only want the wall.
“That’s right, the minority is running this country,” Hostin cut in.
“Well, then, the other side needs to come out and vote,” McCain shot back.
“They did! Three million more people voted for Hillary Clinton. I keep repeating this,” Behar said.
McCain dismissed the comment saying they have this argument daily.
Whoopi Goldberg cut in to say that Americans want it to pass and that Trump can’t hold DREAMers hostage while demanding funding for the wall because he told Americans that Mexico would be paying for it.
“Nobody wants to be responsible for paying for a wall that that you said we weren’t going to pay for,” she said. “If his base wants him to do what he’s supposed to do, then he’s supposed to find a way to make this work. You can’t force us to pay for a wall that you said Mexico would pay for!”
Goldberg also said that if Trump wants his wall so much he should kick in some of his own billions to pay for it. Similarly, she told the president to pay for his own military parade if he wants one so much.