Potential 2020 independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz is answering to the immigration situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, siding with President Donald Trump’s calls to secure the border while taking a swipe at Democrats.
Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, appeared on a Fox News town hall Thursday and discussed where he stands on the immigration issue since he’s mulling a presidential run as an independent.
The possible 2020 hopeful began by addressing the partisan problem between Congress and the president — both past and current — when it comes to solving the situation of illegal immigration, adding that “it did not work because the other party was unwilling to provide the president and his party a victory.”
Schultz called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who “under any circumstances will not give President Trump a victory on immigration.”
He then called Trump’s stance on securing the border “correct” and added that Democrats were “not correct” in their calls to defund U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):
“The issue that we have to recognize is this: President Trump is correct, and the Republican leadership is correct that we need fierce, strict levels of control on that border to keep bad people from coming in. Illegal immigrants should not come in. I don’t want to get into a wall or anything, but I agree we should fund whatever we need to do to secure the border. I get that.
[…] The Democrats are not correct. We should be funding ICE and giving them all the tools and resources they need to secure the borders and arrest the bad people. Whatever they need, give them all the resources.”
However, he did agree with Democrats that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients “should be given a pathway to immigration.”
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Democrats previously expressed their concern that Schultz running as an independent will toss the 2020 election to Trump, as IJR Blue reported.