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Scalise: Republicans Still Divided on Compromise Immigration Bill

By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 09:05 AM

There is still a divide on the compromise immigration bill coming up for a House vote this week, but the new bill is even stronger than last week's when it comes to building a wall at the Mexican border, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Wednesday.

"There is still a divide and you could see it in the vote last week and this week there is probably a little bit more of a divide, but members over the weekend spent a lot of time trying to figure out if they could come together," the Louisiana Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

However, Democrats have walked away from the bill, as they do not want to build the wall, said Scalise.

"This bill is even stronger than the last bill at building the wall, [by] front-loading the money so that President [Donald] Trump can have the money he needs to build the wall."

The bill also closes loopholes and reunited families, said Scalise, but Democrats aren't happy because they want to ensure amnesty for immigrants and open the nation's borders.

"That's really what it's come down to, and they don't want to build the wall," said Scalise. "Let's be clear, I fully support what President Trump is doing to try to secure our border, which includes building the wall. It's not the only thing to do but one of the things you should be doing."

Trump wants to secure the border, he added, and that "should not be a partisan issue."

Scalise also spoke out against California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters' call to intimidate members of Trump's cabinet and others, but he also thinks "everybody needs to tone it down."

"There is no place for any kind of call to violence or harassment of anybody based on your political viewpoints, of all things," said Scalise. "This is America. Even [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor it's not American to engage in that kind of behavior."

However, political viewpoints should be expressed "civilly" and disagreements should be solved at the ballot box, Scalise said.

"That's the greatest thing of America, is that when we have our differences we can actually go and vote people in or out of office based on their political views and can you express them freely but you don't have the right to go and try to harass or incite violence against them."

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There is still a divide on the compromise immigration bill coming up for a House vote this week, but the new bill is even stronger than last week's when it comes to building a wall at the Mexican border, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Wednesday.
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