Lisa Kennedy Montgomery does not believe Congress “has the guts” to pass immigration legislation that would fund President Trump’s border wall.
The Fox Business Network host, in a panel discussion on Fox News’ “The Next Revolution,” said she does not believe comprehensive immigration reform is possible with the current “hyper-partisan” politics playing out in Congress.
Fox News host Steve Hilton spoke with author Frank Buckley about the Democrats’ resistance to making a deal with President Trump to fund his plans for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump is set to meet with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House this Tuesday amid threats that he will shut down portions of the federal government if he doesn’t get the funding he has been demanding.
“It’s really a trifecta we want. It’s DACA and the wall but also the crazy 1965 immigration law.” Buckley told the Fox News panel on Sunday.
“We have all sorts of weird stuff going on, we have 50,000 people admitted by virtue of the lottery and I mean that’s absolutely nonsense. We should be doing things like trying to admit skilled workers, and if that’s thought to be right-wing in any way, heck, it is the Canadian system for heaven’s sake, what’s right-wing about that? That is what the Trump Administration has always wanted. That trifecta,” he said. “They were offered two parts a year ago with Chuck Schumer…. but right now I don’t think Trump should do a deal that doesn’t have part of the ’65 act as part of it.”
Hilton turned to Kennedy for a response, suggesting the previous deal on the table may have been one that both parties had accepted and moved on.
“I don’t think Congress has the guts to do it,” Kennedy replied simply.
“They do need to take immigration apart… and really figure out how amnesty affected immigration in this country- mostly it was a net positive. I don’t think they have the courage to do that. That’s why I don’t think we’re going to see comprehensive immigration reform,” she said.
“It’s not popular with either party and all those parties are doing right now is throwing money, trying to get votes because we are in a moment of political desperation and it’s so hyper-partisan and polarized that they can’t come together on something big so they’re going to have to take it apart piecemeal,” Kennedy added.
When asked by Hilton if she agreed and thought the president “should hold out for the full package,’ panelist and Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe pointed to border security as the paramount issue.
“I think border security is the pre-eminent issue and the most important issue,” Boothe said. “We already can’t figure out what to do with the individuals already living here illegally so we should stop the flow of additional illegal immigration.”
With Democrats facing internal division as a more vocal left-wing of the party has been pushing back against some policies and even Pelosi getting the speaker’s gavel for the second time, there is not much room for negotiation in the upcoming meeting with the president.
Watch “The Next Revolution” in the Fox News video below, with relevant portions beginning at the 9:20 mark: