The Hill reports that two Senate Republicans have recently expressed a willingness to work with a potential Joe Biden administration on immigration.
Those two senators are John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), both of whom The Hill interviewed for its report.
“I think that would be a good thing to do,” Cornyn said. “The challenge is you’ve got to get the votes, but that to me is one of my biggest disappointments in my time in the Senate, our inability to get that done.”
“Somewhere in between”
This seemed to be the theme of Grassley’s interview. Grassley said that any deal struck between Democrats and Republicans on immigration would have to fall somewhere in between the extremes of totally open and totally closed borders.
“It’s kind of a case of the extreme points of view — like people who think we can load up 12 million people and get them out of the country; if they want to do that, they can’t be a part of it,” Grassley said. “And for the people who want people to be citizens yesterday, they can’t be a part of it.”
In addition to Cornyn and Grassley, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also has expressed a willingness to work with a Biden administration on immigration.
“You’ll see from me a reliable conservative, vote,” Graham has said. “You’ll see from me, stopping an agenda I think is bad for the country. But you’ll also see me trying to find common ground that would benefit all of us and a good place to start, I think, would be the debt and infrastructure and immigration.”
Graham has also said that “there may be some things we can do on immigration. You know, you got the Dreamers hanging out there.”
What America wants
One of President Donald Trump’s defining achievements has been in decreasing immigration, especially illegal immigration. This has been part of his America First policy, and it would seem that the majority of Americans are in favor of this approach.
In fact, exit polling conducted by Zogby Analytics found that more than 75 percent of Americans think it is important to “limit the admission of new immigrants and foreign guest workers as long as unemployment remains high due to the COVID-19 crisis.”
It would seem that the Trump Administration has helped Americans to see that greater immigration, whether legal or illegal, hurts Americans, especially economically.
If this is indeed the case, then Republicans and perhaps even some Democrats in Congress could face a backlash from the American people if they revert to pre-Trump immigration practices.