Rep. Steve Pearce continues to push back on President Donald Trump’s immigration proposals, but last week the New Mexico congressman offered qualified support for the president in the aftermath of his highly controversial statements about the deadly race-fueled confrontation in Charlottesville, Va.
I spoke with Pearce briefly about both issues late last week after inquiring about an op-ed he submitted to the Journal criticizing a new Senate bill that would dramatically slash the number of green cards granting permanent legal status to foreigners. I was also keenly interested in Pearce’s take on the violence in Charlottesville that directly led to death of one counter-protestor and indirectly to the death of two police officers.
Let’s look at the immigration issue first.
Pearce, a Republican running for governor of New Mexico in 2018, has long said he opposes Trump’s plan to build a wall on New Mexico’s southern border. Last week he also panned a new GOP bill introduced by Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue that would award visas based on merit.