Tucker Carlson commentary on Trump saying he would sign an immigration bill "no matter what it says."
"So what was the point of running for president?" Carlson asked in the opening monologue of the Tuesday edition of his FOX News show.
TUCKER CARLSON: In 2016, Donald Trump ran on the premise that America's borders ought to be real. That the repeated amnesties of the past have betrayed voters and that this country deserves immigration policy that looks out for American interests rather than those of foreign countries. Almost nobody in Washington agreed with him at the time, almost nobody in Washington agrees with him now.
Congress is full of people from both parties who believe that the point of our immigration policy is to provide cheap labor to their donors and to atone for America's imaginary sins against the world. They couldn't care less about immigration's effect on you or your family. Yet these are the same people the president now says he trusts to write the immigration bills, the one he will sign no matter what it says. So what was the point of running for president?
You will remember the president also ran on his skills as a negotiator and he clearly has skills as a negotiator. Where were they today? The president signaled he'd be happy to legalize hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants now and that at some point in the future tackle all that other stuff like making sure they can't bring millions of their relatives from the third world along with them. That's not much of a negotiation.
Amnesty for DACA recipients is the only leverage the White House has. Once the president agrees to let them jump to the head of the line, ahead of millions of other people hoping to come here legally, the negotiation is over. At that point why would Democrats agree to anything? Ending chain migration, the diversity lottery, supporting a merit-based system that might actually help America? No chance.
The Democrats' goal is to import more Democratic voters and by any means necessary. Once they retake the Congress and the presidency and if Trump betrays his base on immigration that will definitely happen. It is over. Say goodbye to borders. They are done.
Trump later clarified his position: "As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval."
As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018