Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) appeared on Fox News to discuss yesterday’s bipartisan meeting on immigration at the White House and the steps the House is taking to secure the border and fix chain migration.
Excerpts from the interview are below, or watch online here.
On the need for legislative solutions that fix immigration problems long term:
“Well, Chairman Goodlatte, chairman of Judiciary, this is what he has been working on for quite some time. And remember, the Democrats have kind of dragged their feet thinking DACA just by itself will be able to pass. Well, if you do that, you’re going to be right back at this problem next year as well. So you have got to have border security. We have got to do something about chain migration, when you look at the bomber just in New York a couple months ago. And then the lottery system of changing that into a merit system of how it’s based. But the bill by Chairman Goodlatte goes much further. It deals with sanctuary cities, which we passed off this floor. Kate’s Law, which we passed off this floor too, is inside there. And then he goes into guest workers, e-verify, and some other things. So it’s a much broader immigration reform bill, but it also deals with DACA as well.”
On the Democrats’ obstruction of military funding:
“First of all, [the President] said we have a funding debate going on with our military, and we all know the challenges for our military and what’s happening around the world. So what he asked is let’s not play politics with the military. Let’s get our budget agreement and move forward with that.”
On President Trump’s inclusive leadership:
“This is what is so unique about this President…. This all started when I was at Camp David with him this weekend, he was telling me how earlier last week he was with some Republican Senators talking about DACA. They all agreed, but he said we can’t solve that that unless we bring Democrats in the room, too. So give him a lot of credit. He brought both sides, both chambers, and he is trying to use what he is so good at, the art of the deal, trying to get an agreement here.
“I felt that meeting was one of the most productive meetings. I will tell you this, Congressman Cuellar, he just stopped me on the floor and said that was a great meeting, when can we meet again? He was starting to think about those elements that we just talked about prior and some ideas of where they can go. That is what the uniqueness of what President Trump was able to do, and what the American public should see. People do have different philosophies. They should be able to freely express them and their ideas. But this building and our country is based upon compromise. And that’s what you are going to see at the end of the day. There is going to have to be compromise on both sides, but you’re going to have to stick to the rule of law, and you have to find where the common ground is.”