There has been a tremendous amount of concern regarding the government shutdown and what brought it about. Primarily, it was DACA, Dreamers, and the issue of illegal immigration. Democrats shut down the government because DACA kids weren’t included in the budget. Which has everyone wondering what’s going to happen now that the budget has been extended for a month on the promise that DACA will be taken care of.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a White House press briefing that it is possible starting March 5th that Dreamers could start getting deported. This is if Democrats don’t comply with the demands of President Trump regarding chain migration. Sanders said,
“We haven’t determined that. We are hopeful we don’t have to do that and we don’t have to get there. We would like Democrats to get serious about solving problems.”
Now Congress has six weeks until the continuing resolution before the budget runs out. Only six weeks to figure out United States immigration policy and deal with the 690,000 DACA kids currently in this country. If they weren’t able to figure this out in October or the last four times they passed a continuing resolution what is going to make them figure it out in less than a month?
When asked about the status of Dreamers and the message the administration is sending to them in light of everything that is going on Sanders replied,
“I think they should storm capitol hill and protest there because that is the place that has held up this discussion. Democrats are the one who shut this discussion down by forcing a government shutdown, by being unwilling to fund the government. We lost four days over this process of the conversation that should have been focused on immigration reform, fighting over this CR. If they had been part of the solution instead of part of the problem, I think we would already be further down the road in our negotiation on this package.”
The Daily Mail reported,
“Sanders said Monday that Democrats in the Capitol ‘held up’ discussion about DACA, which gives at least 700,000 people a guarantee they won’t be deported unless they commit crimes. ‘Democrats are the one that shut this discussion down by forcing a shutdown, by being unwilling to fund the government,’ she insisted. Sanders framed DACA recipients’ worries as products of a ‘failure to actually address the issue’ on Capitol Hill.
‘They’re the ones that actually pass and make those laws,’ she said of Congress.
‘And the president gave a six-month timeframe in order for them to do that. And now I think all of America is counting on them to show up and make sure that happens.’ The DACA program’s uncertain fate continues to serve as leverage for the president to demand funding to construct a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
He also wants an end to ‘chain migration,’ a system that allows green card holders to sponsor large numbers of relatives for lawful admission into the U.S. And Trump is demanding that Congress scrap a diversity visa lottery that awards residence and work permits to people who come from ‘underrepresented’ countries. He has said he prefers a ‘merit-based’ system that pays no notice to anyone’s country of origin. Trump’s wall in particular, a constant campaign promise that consistently riled up crowds in 2015 and 2016, has become a sticking point for many Democrats.
At least one outspoken congressional advocate for illegal immigrants, however, is willing to grudgingly go along. ‘I think the wall is a monumental waste of taxpayers’ money, and it’s to build a monument to stupidity and it’s just idiotic,’ Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said Sunday on ABC. ‘Having said that, if that’s what it’s going to take in order to put 800,000 young men and women in the country … in a safe place and put them on course to full integration in our society … I say pay it.’”
While DACA protections will likely diminish starting March 6th, and the likelihood that some deportations will take place is high, Democrats only have themselves to blame. They have had since October to try and negotiate a DACA deal yet they have held out until now to push for a government shutdown. It makes no sense other than to call it a publicity stunt.
They are willfully holding the American people hostage over DACA kids who only account for 690,000 people out of the population. While the Children’s Health Insurance Program is something that 8,500,000 children are covered by. Democrats willingly putting the lives of 8,500,000 children at risk all to protect 690,000. The numbers just don’t add up no matter which way you spin it. There is no excuse for what they did.
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