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GOP Primary Challengers Turn on Trump Over Immigration Plan

Danny Tarkanian has fashioned himself a supporter of the president's agenda, but it sounds like he won't support Trump's immigration proposal if elected.

By NTK Staff | 01.26.2018 @1:15pm
GOP Primary Challengers Turn on Trump Over Immigration Plan

Candidates for U.S. Senate in Nevada, Mississippi, and Arizona, all self-proclaimed Trump supporters, are criticizing the president’s immigration proposal before the ink is even dry.

Danny Tarkanian is a Republican running in the GOP primary against Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Tarkanian is running as a pro-Trump alternative to Heller, even though Heller has said he supports Trump and voted with the president’s priorities.

But in President Trump’s first major proposal of 2018, the plan for his wall with Mexico and a permanent solution to so-called DREAMers, Tarkanian is opposing the president.

In Nevada, where Trump loyalty is the centerpiece of Republican Danny Tarkanian’s primary challenge against Sen. Dean Heller, Tarkanian also broke from the president.

“It’s his decision,” Tarkanian said of Trump. “But I don’t believe we should grant citizenship to people who have come to the country illegally.”

Chris McDaniel, challenging Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) in a primary, said the proposal would amount to “granting amnesty.”

“It is concerning why anyone would attempt to repeat history by granting amnesty,” said Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is mulling a primary challenge against Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. McDaniel likened the Trump proposal to the “amnesty” granted in 1986 immigration overhaul backed by President Ronald Reagan.

And Kelli Ward, a controversial candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona, released a statement on Friday “strongly” disagreeing with Trump.

The Trump plan, details of which were made public this week, would back “a 10- to 12-year path to citizenship for not just the roughly 700,000 enrolled in the expiring DACA program but for other ‘DACA-eligible illegal immigrants’ who are in the U.S. illegally and were brought to the country as children,” in exchange for $25 billion to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

It appears Tarkanian, McDaniel, and Ward are taking roads less traveled in GOP primaries (against Trump and against Trump’s solution for DREAMers) in 2018.

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