Podcast: Is Trump Going to Make a Deal on Immigration?

Donald Trump with legislators, January 9, 2018 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

On Tuesday, the White House tried to counter concerns about Donald Trump’s fitness for office by showcasing him in a 55-minute meeting with Republican and Democratic legislators on immigration.

The show has led some US outlets to assert that Trump is ready for a deal establishing the legal rights of almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, “Dreamers”, even as his Administration is threatening them with deportation from March.

However, the politics is far messier. Soon after the meeting, Trump made clear that he will only accept the bill if it also includes full funding of his Wall on the US-Mexican border. Meanwhile, his hard-right supporters are angry that he would even consider legislation on a bipartisan basis.

I spoke about the issues with Austria’s Radio FM4 on Wednesday.

Listen to Discussion from 12:16

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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