[Ed. – It will be an interesting test to watch this dynamic play out. I’m not sure I’d put money on Congress — or at least on the Ryan leadership.]
Top House Republicans downplayed expectations for President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration plans, saying his call for a “deportation force” to deal with undocumented immigrants isn’t a priority and that drones could patrol parts of the Mexican border instead of having Trump’s signature wall.
Speaker Paul Ryan said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “securing the border’s our top priority,” while the force, which Trump called for in November 2015 to send as many as 12 million people back to their countries of origin, wasn’t a “focus” for Republicans and the White House.
In the year since his original comment, Trump has alternatively walked back and reaffirmed the statement. Many of his rallies were punctuated by his supporters’ chant to “build that wall.” …
The No. 2 Republican in the House, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said on “Fox News Sunday” that a wall with Mexico must be built but that “it could be all-virtual with the UAV airplanes as well,” using a acronym for unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.