Schlapp on Immigration Overhaul: 'I'm Perplexed, We're Supposed to Be on Taxes'
Fox News contributor Mercedes Schlapp expressed some puzzlement on why the White House just unveiled an immigration system overhaul that she said will go nowhere in Congress.
President Trump, joined at the White House by Georgia Sen. David Perdue and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, called the proposal "the most significant reform to our immigration system in a half century."
The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy, or the RAISE Act, would favor immigrants who are educated, speak English and have high-paying job offers. It would also reduce low-skilled and unskilled labor immigration.
"As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and that is why we are here today," Trump said.
Speaking on Fox Business, Schlapp said after the failure to replace ObamaCare, she and many others thought the conversation was going to focus on tax reform.
"I'm kind of perplexed by this announcement. We're supposed to be talking about tax reform," she said, adding the president needs to be using the "bully pulpit" to push tax cuts to Congress and the American people.
Schlapp said this legislation has no hope of moving forward, especially in the Senate.
"If I were part of the White House team, I would say 'red flag.' We need to be talking about tax reform today and until that bill is signed," she said.
Elizabeth MacDonald agreed, saying the announcement is a "distraction." She said the record stock market highs - touted by Trump in his speech today - are fueled by an expectation that Congress will cut taxes.