That became apparent over the last week or so as the disagreement over the budget led to the brief shutdown.
Congress moved back from the brink of total dysfunction Monday when the Senate voted to end the Democratic filibuster blocking a House-approved bill to continue funding for the government. Republicans said we're not going to do that unless you give us some concessions. And Republicans have said all along that they want to protect the DREAMers. "And most Americans don't trust any of us".
Ramiro Luna has spent the last decade plus advocating for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S.as children.
President Trump's relationship with Democratic leadership, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, has taken a hit since the shutdown began, with Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, telling Fox News it's "probably deteriorating".
In a subsequent tweet on Tuesday, Trump said that "nobody knows for sure that the Republicans & Democrats will be able to reach a deal on DACA by February 8, but everyone will be trying.with a big additional focus put on Military Strength and Border Security". They want to see these dreamers taken care of. There's no other explanation.
But immigration advocates are very concerned about DACA. Democrats had been saying they would not budge without a permanent solution for DACA. Then the bill will go to the House, where it will probably die.
"We have gathered the largest bipartisan group of Senators to ever commit to moving forward on the Dream Act and immigration. Already we are seeing the sides align for what will be a weeks-long battle overshaping what kind of bill, if any, can get out of the Senate". "At this point, it seems pretty clear he couldn't even negotiate 20 percent off at Bed, Bath & Beyond with the coupon". Republicans already have been running robocalls in swing states such as OH accusing Democrats of holding up children's health care in order to help immigrants in the country illegally. The Senate leader said he would no longer pledge money for Trump's proposed anti-migration wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.
So what happens in the House?
There are enough votes in the moderate middle in the Senate to pass a fix for the Dreamers.
But whatever the political victory for the Republicans is, it's probably a short-term one because when the conversation was about shutting down the government on behalf of people in the country illegally, Democrats were losing the debate.
Will Ryan flout Hastert's Rule, the informal agreement that a Speaker doesn't bring to the floor a bill which less than a majority of his or her party supports?
Sen. John Cornyn, second-ranked Republican in the chamber, called Schumer's decision to withdraw the offer "a step backward". Senator Charles Schumer has said that the Republicans now have 17 days to stop the DREAMers from being deported. Everyone involved deserves blame for the shutdown, but Democrats emerged with the least to show for it. However it ends, it won't be good.
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