Senate Democrats angered their liberal, activist political base Monday by yielding on GOP demands to reopen the government without an immigration deal. "As I've always said, once the government is funded, my administration will work towards solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration".
"I believe that we need comprehensive immigration reform that has to include 800,000 DREAMers, young people who are brought into this country as infants, but it has to go beyond that".
The President has also been less than clear on this issue, confounding even his own party.
On the Senate floor, No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said that for shutting down the government, the Democrats "got nothing". The wall was one of his leading campaign promises, and a number of congressional Republicans have continually stressed border security in the budget talks. "So we gave them a place where they could land". Chris Coons, D-Del., told NPR's Morning Edition, "because of the famously vulgar way that President Trump sort of blew up the last time thatSens". Remember Republicans' "reward" for cutting a deal on immigration that many will hate: The "privilege" of busting through budgetary caps in a bipartisan spending binge that could eradicate any pretense at fiscal discipline.
Democrats were trying to frame the deal as a temporary victory, though.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has committed to trying to reach a deal on immigration and key budget issues by February 8, though Cornyn said Monday that "strikes me as highly hard".
After Monday's vote, more than 50 Dreamers gathered in a park across from the Capitol in a circle, some of them holding back tears and putting their arms around each another. "Today, Republicans - and too many Democrats - in Congress betrayed our American values and allowed bigotry and fear to prevail".
President Trump tweeted that argument himself.
Immigrant activists protest outside Sen.
There are other immigration-related issues that may be addressed, including chain migration and the diversity visa lottery. The solidly conservative congressman called those pushing the shutdown "lemmings with suicide vests". He canceled a planned trip to Florida where he hoped to celebrate the first anniversary of his inauguration with a high-dollar fundraising party. In the immediate aftermath of the deal, you could see ways in which it might maybe make some sense.
On Monday, Sanders wouldn't commit to Trump's supporting a path to citizenship, instead of simply a legal status for the "DREAMers". "What the president did clearly worked", Sanders countered. "And perhaps a bill that I vote on to start the process in the House is not one I vote for in final passage, but it's the way that it's supposed to work". Mr. Trump's signature Monday evening now enables the government to reopen for business.
Representatives from those talks briefed leaders Sunday afternoon, but the suspense dragged out for almost six hours before McConnell made his announcement. "They make bipartisan progress harder - not easier - to achieve". Just the other day, the United States Armed Forces, the Pentagon, the secretary of defense said it is impossible for him to do his job.
University President Morton Schapiro, who has expressed support for the DACA program in the past, told The Daily on Tuesday that his stance has not changed and that the issue is "as important as ever".
Notably, numerous Senate Democrats who voted against the funding agreement included a litany of potential 2020 presidential candidates, including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren.
Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana voted no on the procedural motion to re-open the government - the only no vote among 10 incumbent Democrats facing re-election this year in states won by Trump in 2016.