Flake to Trump: No Dems are ‘intent on having people and drugs pour into’ US

Flake to Trump: No Dems are ‘intent on having people and drugs pour into’ US
© Greg Nash

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally takes hard line on immigration in Arizona primary Flake threatens to limit Trump court nominees: report Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary MORE (R-Ariz.) on Friday pushed back on President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE's claim that Democrats "are intent on having people and drugs pour" into the U.S.

"I’ve served with 'The Democrats' for 17 years, and not one has ever been intent on 'having people and drugs pour into our country,'" Flake tweeted.

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Flake's tweet came after Trump claimed Democrats were willing to risk "thousands of lives" by allowing "people and drugs" to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. 

In his tweet, Trump reiterated his call for "a Great Wall" along the U.S. southern border, as well as an end to chain migration and visa-lottery programs. 

Trump's tweets come as lawmakers struggle to reach an immigration deal that would protect those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Some lawmakers on Thursday said they had reached the parameters of a deal, but Trump and some conservative Republicans rejected the proposal.

Flake has been among Trump's most vocal Republican critics, blasting the president in a book published last summer and delivering sharp criticism of Trump in a speech last fall announcing his retirement from the Senate.