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Why The Democrats Lost Their Nerve In The Shutdown Battle
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. walks to his office at the Capitol on Monday
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28 January, 2018

"I think there needs to be more border security, not just to prevent people from coming. That's a sticking point for Democrats".

"We can not let those who are anti-immigrant, who call giving the Dreamers hope 'amnesty, ' block us. We are calling on Congress and the President to do the right thing and pass a clean Dream Act now", added Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA.

"The staging epitomized Trump's role during the roughly 72-hour hour crisis: A president to be seen but not publicly heard outside the confines of his team's highly controlled communications operation", the Post reported.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday previewed his outline for an immigration bill that he will promote next week, saying he wants $25 billion to build a border wall and is open to granting citizenship to illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. That's not one as in the majority leader is the one senator who decides what is voted on, but one as in it takes only one senator to offer an amendment or introduce legislation. Schumer told reporters that the offer was contingent on a more comprehensive deal that included DACA.

Last week, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly angered the president in an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier. At midnight on January 20, the United States government was shut down since there was no agreement by the House, Senate and President on the passage of a budget bill that was tied to the future of DACA. The government remains open until February 8 - yes, the richest, most powerful nation in the world is functioning on a week-to-week basis. He said his administration would end the program by March 5. Trump a year ago announced that he was ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, but gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative fix.

But throughout the weekend and into Monday Trump kept out of public sight, leaving the heavy lifting to the GOP's Senate leadership. In September 2017, the president called for both parties in Congress to address immigration issues "in a manner that puts the hardworking citizens of our country first".

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Even if the Senate can come up with the votes to pass a plan, Democrats fear there is little chance such a bill would gain the support of House Republicans.

Despite Monday's vote to reopen the government, sharp divisions remain.

There is publicly available video from the Senate floor of the Republican Party refusing to ensure pay for our military members - yet they still had the gall to attack Democrats for days afterwards as hostile to national security. "The Dems have just learned that a Shutdown is not the answer!"

But in the end it was Schumer who had to blink and lead his troops in a humiliating retreat on the shutdown. "It's up to the Democrats, but they (the Dreamers) should not be concerned", Trump said.

In 2013, Schumer was part of a bipartisan group of senators who worked on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's fractured immigration laws. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas. "After we do DACA, we'll take a look at the even bigger immigration problem". However, that legislation also provided a pathway to legal status for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The progressive base is furious, yes, but with a hard-right, nativist caucus in the House of Representatives (not to mention anti-immigrant advisers whispering in Trump's ear) the Democrats in the Senate emerged alive to fight another day.


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