Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration

“This was, along with trade, the issue that allowed Donald Trump to mow down 16 other viable and talented and capable contenders in the primary process,” Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said in an interview with The Hill on Monday.

“Nobody can bring out, in rally after rally, Americans who lost loved ones because these immigration laws were not enforced … or Americans who lost jobs because of unfair labor displacement,” and not follow through, added Stein, who has the ear of Trump’s inner circle.

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul is at the center of the pressure.

Hard-line organizations like NumbersUSA, FAIR and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) are already signaling they would see it as a betrayal for Trump to pick the Texas lawmaker as his Homeland Security secretary.

They warn that McCaul is too close to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Republican leadership to be entrusted with Trump’s immigration agenda.