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Trump's Immigration Plan Faces Cold Reception Even Within GOP

  • Plan to counter GOP’s anti-immigrant reputation could backfire
  • Kushner sidestepped key Democrat priorities, dooming prospects
Views Of A Border Town Ahead Of President Trump's Visit
Photographer: Sandy Huffaker/Bloomberg
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President Donald Trump’s plan to unite Republicans behind a comprehensive immigration overhaul -- a move to counter perceptions ahead of the 2020 elections that the GOP is anti-immigrant -- was showing signs of defeat even before it was formally unveiled.

Details of the proposal -- and particularly the decision by presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner to sidestep what to do about those in the country illegally -– have already doomed its legislative prospects among Democrats. But some members of Trump’s own party are also throwing cold water on the plan, a sign it could backfire, deepening perceptions that he’s a radical on immigration while exposing GOP policy rifts.