I think it remains quite possible that two seemingly opposed Republican senators — Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — could help Trump strike a new compromise that could actually pass the Senate and House.
Graham has been more effusive. “President Obama tried and couldn’t fix immigration. President Bush tried and couldn’t do it,” the colorful lawmaker said in a statement after Trump first said he supported a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants. “I believe President Trump can. Today’s DACA recipients can be tomorrow’s Trump DREAMers.”
The more hardline Cotton — who Graham has branded the “Steve King of the Senate” — has arguably been more effective than Graham, keeping a place at the table after Trump rejected Graham’s earlier deal with the Democrats. This seems to have at least partially paid off, with limits on family-based immigration (which Graham has dismissed as having “no viability”) remaining part of the president’s freshly released immigration proposal.