Political editor: Trump has painted Dems into a corner on immigration

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE has made it more difficult for Democrats to explain their position on the divisive issue of immigration, political editor Sophie Tesfaye said in a Hill.TV interview that aired Thursday.

"I think Trump has successfully painted them into a corner where they have to make a complicated argument, when this is an issue for Republican voters that's black and white," Tesfaye, deputy politics editor at Salon.com, told "What America's Thinking" host Jamal Simmons on Wednesday.

"Democrats are trying their best to put out something, I think, but I don't see it protecting them," she added.

Trump made immigration the focus of the 2018 midterms, warning voters of so-called caravans of migrants making their way through Central America and Mexico to the southern U.S. border. He also drew attention to progressive calls last year to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Tesfaye's comments came on the same day that Trump rolled out his "pro-American" immigration plan. The proposal would move the U.S. toward a “merit-based” system favoring highly skilled workers over migrants with family members living here.

— Julia Manchester