Opinion: Cameras rolling at White House meeting on immigration yielded positive results
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Something very unexpected occurred in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Congressmen and senators from both parties sat around a table with President Trump and discussed concrete ideas on fixing the immigration system in this country. No one screamed, yelled or insulted one another - these were serious people doing serious work.
The result was an agreement to hammer out a deal which will include border security, chain migration, the visa lottery and, yes, DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
So, what happened? A big part of it was the fact that the president had the cameras stay for almost an hour. That is something that was not only unexpected, but is largely unprecedented.
With the cameras rolling, our elected officials had to put partisan divides and political calculations to the side and actually do work. The president led, moderated and listened. It was obvious that the congressmen and senators knew that the cameras and focus were on them.
I do expect for a deal on immigration to get done. Beyond that, the practice of televising working sessions should continue. Seeing how the sausage is made allows the American people to evaluate just how good those representing them are at achieving results.
Here is the bottom line: we want accountability from the men and women we send to work for us in Washington. Turning the cameras on for meetings such as the one on Tuesday will result in serious discussions and will force compromise.