On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed President Trump’s calls for Congress to negotiate regarding border security and immigration, urging both Republicans and Democrats to negotiate and come to an agreement on the issue.
“I think it’s way past time, on both sides, that we sit down together and see what we could agree to,” said McConnell, “not only [on] border security, but also, the asylum laws” currently on the books.
McConnell called for “an adult, bipartisan discussion about our immigration laws,” noting, “we have to deal with Democrats.”
The issue of border security and illegal immigration remains, perhaps, the most pressing issue for both Republicans and Democrats heading into the 2020 election.
From The Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that it is “way past time” for Congress to try to get a deal on border security and immigration.
“I think it’s way past time, on both sides, that we sit down together and see what we could agree to to improve the situation – not only border security, but also the asylum laws are very challenging,” McConnell said.
The GOP leader said it’s “way past time for us to have an adult, bipartisan discussion about our immigration laws and see what we can agree to.”
His comments come as President Trump has lashed out at Democrats over border security this week, saying in a tweet on Wednesday night that their actions on the issue were “treasonous.”
“What the Democrats are doing with the Border is TREASONOUS. Their Open Border mindset is putting our Country at risk. Will not let this happen!” Trump wrote in the tweet.
McConnell added on Thursday that any immigration legislation should touch on not only border security but also changes to the asylum laws, adding that it would also have to be bipartisan.
The fresh talk about an immigration and border deal comes amid a shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in recent days, which has seen the departure of nearly all senior department officials over the past week.
“It can’t all be solved by changing personnel, some of it requires changing the law. That means we have to deal with the Democrats. They’re in the majority in the House,” McConnell said Thursday.