Steyn credited Trump's bold stand on immigration for getting him elected but said that presidency would "stand or fall" on how he handles immigration.
"[T]here's a lobby — there's lobbies for everything in this country," Steyn said. "And there's a strong lobby for illegal immigration. There's a strong lobby for refugees, which again is a completely fraudulent operation by and large. Trump won because a significant chunk of people were serious about building a wall, about ending illegal immigration and about doing something about people who walk into this country illegally, stay here illegally, take jobs illegally, get driver's licenses illegally, use Social Security numbers illegally... I would have liked him to hold the inauguration ceremony on the southern border and for it to culminate after the oath of office with him ceremonially laying the first brick in the wall. But in the end, his presidency will stand or fall on how he tackles immigration."
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