aside DACA Dreamers’ Legislative Hopes Flushed Down The Toilet By US Senate On 2/15/18

It has become abundantly clear that the republican President Donald J. Trump and his sycophants in the White House and the US Congress had never wanted the Dreamers to have the DACA program extended (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) where young adults had been protected from deportation who came to the US with undocumented parents and who know no other country.

Whatever these republicans said along these lines of being supportive towards the DACA program was just a pretext to push forward republicans’ hard-line immigration plans like cutting back on legal immigration. Republicans planned all along to use DACA which is a popular program even among their base as a carrot to force Democrats into a”Sophie’s Choice” decision between going for the DACA extension  while doing harm to other immigrants.

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I have watched on C-Span 2  some of the US Senators debate the issue of immigration where it was noted that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headed by the Secretary Kirstjen Nielson who was hand picked by her former boss, a hard-line anti-immigration proponent, the president’s Chief of Staff General John Kelly, issued a directive ahead of these debates that was riddled with inaccuracies, and falsehoods. This was disseminated to and reported on by every far-right media outlet such as Breibart, the Daily Signal, the Daily Caller and Frontpage Magazine. I will be following up on this.

“Today, February 15, 2018, was a complete bust for the US Senate in passing any immigration bill which would include help for dreamers, the DACA recipients.”

Here is the rest of the story…

On February 15, 2018, Eliza Collins and Deidre Shesgreen of USA Today penned the following report, “Senate blocks Trump-backed immigration plan and everything else on the table”

Excerpts:

“The Senate on Thursday (2/15/18)  killed four immigration bills, including a Republican measure backed by President Trump and a competing bipartisan proposal, both of which would have offered legal protections to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.”

“The Senate’s failure to reach a consensus on the volatile issue of immigration puts those immigrants in jeopardy of deportation starting March 5, when the White House plans to rescind their Obama-era legal protections. “

“Thursday’s Senate votes came after the White House mounted an all-out, scorched-earth campaign to defeat the bipartisan proposal.”

“Top Trump administration officials lobbied senators to take their names off that bipartisan bill, with White House officials suggesting that lawmakers were either misinformed or misrepresenting the legislation’s intent and impact. And Trump himself weighed in via Twitter just as the Senate was about to begin voting, saying the bipartisan plan would be a “total catastrophe.”

The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be “the end of immigration enforcement in America.” It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa…

“The bipartisan bill, unveiled Wednesday night (2/14/18) by a group of 16 senators, would have provided a pathway to citizenship for the DREAMers, those undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. The bill would have also allocated $25 billion to strengthen security at the southern border with Mexico, limited family-based immigration, and barred the parents of DREAMers from becoming citizens. “

“This is the only bill that has a chance to get through the United States Senate,” Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, a lead sponsor of the bill told reporters before Thursday’s vote. Unlike the GOP-controlled House, which can pass legislation with the support of the majority party, most major pieces of legislation require 60 votes in the Senate and therefore bipartisan support. Republicans hold only 51 seats in the Senate, so any of the four bills would have needed bipartisan support.”

“The White House slammed King’s bill and threatened a presidential veto.”

“This Amendment would drastically change our national immigration policy for the worse by weakening border security and undercutting existing immigration law,” a statement from the White House said.”

“The Department of Homeland Security said the bill “would be the end of immigration enforcement in America.”

“Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a co-sponsor of the bipartisan bill who has had an on-again-off-again relationship with the president, urged him to reverse course.”

“Mr. President you’re being led down a path where you won’t get a result. Reject this kind of engagement with the Congress,” Graham said Thursday. “What’s wrong with Washington? You give (the Department of Homeland Security) $25 billion of the money they ask for and they slam you.”

“President Trump instead backed a more restrictive Senate bill, which was also defeated on Thursday. That proposal, sponsored by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, would have granted eventual citizenship to 1.8 million of the DREAMers and given Trump his requested $25 billion for immigration enforcement, including funding for a wall along the U.S. southern border.”

“It also would have met Trump’s demands for changes to family-based immigration, or what Republicans call “chain migration,” and ended a diversity visa lottery system. That bill would have cut legal immigration by at least 25%. “

“The Senate also rejected two narrower bills: one to create path to citizenship for the DREAMers and improve border security, and a second to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” which limit local police officers’ cooperation with federal immigration authorities. “

Schumer-Rounds-Collins is well-intentioned but falls drastically short of being a proposal that can get a vote in the House and be signed into law. The Senate needs to learn from the Gang of 8 failure, not repeat it.

 “With the four failed votes Thursday afternoon, the Senate is left with no clear path to address the fate of the DREAMers, and the House has not yet scheduled a vote on the issue.”

4 comments

  1. There should be no surprise about the behavior by the Republicans. Did anyone in this country truly believe the promise that they made when they said, “just sign what we have right now and we can figure out DACA later?” Did anyone truly believe this? The Democrats should not have given an inch, that has always been my stance from the moment that Trump got in and now you know why. These Republicans in the White House today do not work for the citizens of this country. Playing nice no longer works when they do not care what the people think. Then ask yourself, why? Who is it that they truly work for and why do they not care about what the people think?

  2. Dear Doubledragon61,

    You are so right. I can tell you that there is pressure being put on republicans from every business organization that exists along with business CEOs pushing for the passage of a fix for the DACA program as they need/ want these young peoples.

    In short, before long, they will have an incentive to figure out a way to make this work.

    I am contacting media outlets to follow up on a DHS report sent before these debates on immigration began in the US Senate which has been referred to by every right wing media outlet but not the establishment media. It is supposed to be riddled with factual errors.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Suzanne,

      They are a dense bunch of folks who think we can’t see through their foolishness. The White House and DHS hard line anti-immigration republicans killed any chance for there to be immigration reform passed by the US Senate.

      Hugs, Gronda

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