Trump shifts on immigration: ‘We need Democrat votes'

Trump appeared to shift his position on immigration back to advocating negotiation on Saturday, saying “we need Democrat votes” to pass comprehensive immigration reform.   

“Remember this, we need Democrat votes,” he said in the White House weekly address. “Without the Democrats constantly obstructing, there’s no way you can do it. Without having Democrats voting, there is no way you can get this done. So the Democrats are obstructing, the Democrats don’t want border security, the Democrats are OK with crime — but we’re not OK with it.”

“We need Democrat votes,” he repeated. “Without it, frankly, nothing can be done.”

Trump assumed a different position on Friday, telling Republican lawmakers in a tweet to “stop wasting their time” on immigration until after they potentially take more House seats in the midterms.


The House rejected a hard-line immigration bill on Thursday and postponed a vote on a more moderate immigration bill, acknowledging they did not have the votes to pass it.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!"

Trump in the video released Saturday by the White House also doubled down on his insistence that Democrats are to blame for what he referred to as a “crisis of illegal immigration” on the southern border. He also said Democrats “just want everyone to be released into our country no matter how dangerous they are.”

Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada Lawmakers consider easing costs on drug companies as part of opioids deal New grounds for impeachment? House Dem says Trump deserves it for making society worse MORE (D-Calif.) said the immigration bill is a “compromise with the devil, not the Democrats.”

The bill would provide $25 million for the border wall Trump has touted throughout his presidency and creates a pathway to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.