'Walls Work': White House Rejects McCain-Coons Immigration Proposal
Hogan Gidley says plan even worse than Graham-Durbin bill.
The White House dismissed Monday a bipartisan immigration proposal from Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) that would not fund President Trump's long-promised border wall.
On "Outnumbered Overtime," White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley blasted the proposal, saying it's even worse than the previous one from Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
"Not having a border wall is the same thing as Senator McCain going to bed at night and locking his front door, but leaving all the windows open. ... Walls work. That's the secret," he said, citing success in San Diego and Israel with barriers significantly reducing illegal crossings.
"Everyone in America sees this and for some reason these bipartisan bills keep coming forward that don't address the problem."
Trump proposed a plan which includes a potential path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers, along with a $25 billion investment in border security. Trump has maintained he will not support any agreement that does not include the wall.
Trump has said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be to blame if no deal is made.
The Democrats just aren’t calling about DACA. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have to get moving fast, or they’ll disappoint you again. We have a great chance to make a deal or, blame the Dems! March 5th is coming up fast.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2018
March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Democrats are doing nothing about DACA. They Resist, Blame, Complain and Obstruct - and do nothing. Start pushing Nancy Pelosi and the Dems to work out a DACA fix, NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2018
Gidley recalled Schumer already offered $25 billion in wall funding during last month's budget negotiations and now the White House is also offering a path to citizenship for Dreamers.
"The president came out and said, 'Here, I'm gonna give you what you want and let's see if you're serious about fixing the problem,' and to this point, they are not."
Watch the interview above.