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Trump’s Immigration Plan Faces Cold Reception Even Within GOP

May 16, 2019, 7:30 PM

President Donald Trump’s plan to unite Republicans behind a comprehensive immigration overhaul—a move to counter perceptions ahead of the 2020 elections that the GOP is anti-immigrant—was showing signs of defeat even before it was formally unveiled.

Details of the proposal—and particularly the decision by presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner to sidestep what to do about those in the country illegally—have already doomed its legislative prospects among Democrats. But some members of Trump’s own party are also throwing cold water on the plan, a sign it could backfire, deepening perceptions that he’s a radical on immigration while exposing GOP policy rifts.

Jared Kushner
Photographer: Anna Moneymaker/Bloomberg

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