Midterm Elections Could Hinge on Border if Economy Lags

While the economy remains a top concern for voters heading into the midterm elections, the issue of immigration could be what drives independents to one side or the other.

Recent polling shows independent voters right now care more about immigration than the GOP tax plan, which will be old news come November. 

Lack of progress on the border wall could become a major concern for Republicans.

“He's been close on getting a deal on the border wall and getting the funding for it, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, so we'll have to see where it goes from here, whether or not he's able to point to a tangible real result on the border wall before the midterm elections,” says political insider Jim McGrath.

William Gheen with the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC argues it's already a major concern for any right-leaning voter.

“The Republicans betraying their base and not keeping their promises to enforce existing immigration laws to secure the border is applying down pressure on Republican turnout, while other issues that are important to Democrats are increasing pressure for their turnout,” says Gheen.

However, McGrath says it's not like the administration hasn't tried to get an immigration deal done.  It was Democrats who stalled those efforts.

“The president was close to getting a deal with Sen. Chuck Schumer the minority leader in the Senate, and the Senate rules allow the minority, the Democrats in this case, to gum up the works if they really want to and they certainly have been successful at doing that to a certain extent,” he says.

Gheen believes the president's shifting stance on DACA has frustrated Republican voters who put him in office.

“The Republicans have had more power, control of all three branches of government, and our borders remain wide open,” he says.  “The Border Patrol is continuing to pick up illegals and transport them inside the United States and Donald Trump keeps talking about DACA, DACA, DACA.”

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