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Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said Wednesday that President Donald Trump and Republicans have not lost leverage on immigration if they take steps to keep families at the border intact.
Trump signed an executive order earlier Wednesday to keep families from being separated while their immigration cases are adjudicated, but he said Congress needs to pass a legislative fix. On Fox News' "Special Report," Continetti noted that neither party has a consensus on immigration and that the unpopularity of separating families was a political loss for Trump, while the president could still win by sticking to his zero-tolerance policy.
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"Trump found himself on the wrong end of a 70-30 issue. But now the problem is for the Democrats because separating families may be unpopular; zero tolerance, however, is relatively popular," Trump said. "If the Democrats find themselves attacking a zero-tolerance policy while Republicans are doing their best to unify the families and keep them in detention together, I think the Democrats come up short."
In response to clips of senators making statements about immigration, Continetti said Republicans haven’t lost leverage if they pass narrow legislation addressing families at the border. He pointed to Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) as...
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