Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democrats for being unwilling to work on immigration issues, claiming they had “Trump derangement syndrome.”
McConnell discussed Democrats’ reluctance to work with Republicans on the immigration issue, calling it “a real problem.” He used the example of a recent bill to provide aid at the border that was shot down by Democrats, despite there being no mention of the wall.
“I’m going to bring it up freestanding next week and see if they really aren’t interested in dealing with this mass of humanity that we have to take care of at the border,” said McConnell. “What’s the objection?”
He went as far as to claim that the president has had more cooperation with Mexico than with Democrats on addressing the immigration issue.
“I think it’s safe to say the president is getting more cooperation out of Mexico than he is out of congressional Democrats,” said McConnell.
McConnell also pointed out that Democrats are avoiding helping the president, saying they are against anything he supports.
“I think they’re suffering from Trump derangement syndrome,” said McConnell. “Whatever he’s for they are reflexively against. But this is humanitarian.”
While he did admit that Republicans are still supporting the wall, the bill will solely be addressing humanitarian issues related to immigration.
“We want to build a wall. We think the president has made a good case for that. That’s not what this is about. This is just the humanitarian part of the problem on our side of the border,” he said.
As IJR Red previously reported, many U.S. immigration officials have requested for Congress to address the issue. Republicans have slammed Democrats for their inability to work across party lines to address the issue and for supporting policies that would do nothing to help resolve the issue.