President Donald Trump’s immigration policy just got a surprise endorsement from an unexpected source — former President Jimmy Carter, the outspoken liberal.
How will the mainstream media spin THIS!?
Speaking to Georgia college students, the 39th president expressed optimism Wednesday that Trump’s six-month deadline for Congress to address the immigration status of 800,000-plus illegal immigrants might finally break the legislative logjam on Capitol Hill.
As the 92-year-old liberal Democrat spoke at Emory University in Atlanta, Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi of California and Chuck Schumer of New York were huddled with the Republican Trump at the White House.
Trump offered his own take Thursday morning via Twitter. He expressed sympathy for the young immigrants affected by the debate over the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, created by an executive order of President Barack Obama.
But Trump also wrote that —
No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
And he maintained that a U.S.-Mexico border wall “will continue to be built,” despite Pelosi and Schumer saying otherwise.
Carter told Emory students Wednesday evening that the “pressures and the publicity that Trump has brought to the immigration issue” could eventually yield comprehensive immigration law changes that former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama did not have the courage to achieve in their combined four-terms.
“I don’t see it as a hopeless cause,” Carter said, and he added that Trump’s critics, including himself, “have to give him credit when he does some things that are not as bad” as the media depicts them.
Carter made his remarks after correcting a student’s question, submitted through Facebook, about Trump’s “decision to end DACA.”
“As a matter of fact, to give Trump some due, he hasn’t ended DACA yet,” Carter said. “What he said is he’s given the Congress six months to address the issue, which is long overdue.”
Carter reminded students that Obama, whom Carter supported, failed to offer a longterm solution to illegal immigration — even when Obama had Democratic majorities on Capitol Hill.
The former president blamed establishment insiders from both major parties for an inability to pass any major immigration law overhaul since a 1986 law signed by President Ronald Reagan.
Carter lost to Reagan in 1980.
It’s not every day The Horn News agrees with Carter — but even a broken clock is right twice a day!
The Associated Press contributed to this article