Sometimes, the identity of The Grinch is in the eye of the beholder.
Democrats, liberals, and conservative quislings hoping for more liberal-leaning potential voters for Christmas will have to wait a little longer on their long hoped-for DACA fix, because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is standing firm, at least for now.
On Tuesday, McConnell made it clear that there will no fix for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this year.
“No, we’ll not be doing DACA this week,” McConnell told Fox News. “That’s a matter to be discussed next year. The president has given us until March to address that issue. We have plenty of time to do that.”
And since “this week” refers to the end of Congressional work until January, DACA “Dreamers” will have to wait until next year for something to potentially be done.
Although Democrats were hoping to append a DACA fix to a short-term bill to fund the government, hoping Republicans eager to avoid a government shutdown will blink, conservatives in the know are expecting much more in return if they are expected to vote to allow millions of children of illegal immigrants to remain in the United States.
Like Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton:
“It’s a necessary condition, maybe not the only condition, but a necessary condition,” Cotton said last month. “If you give amnesty to one or two million illegal immigrants who were brought here through no fault of their own as kids, you’re going to have at least a couple of negative effects. And one of those negative effects is you’re going to create a whole new chain of chain migration. The way to control for that negative effect is to stop chain migration.”
An end to chain migration – well, at least it’s a start. If President Trump plays his cards right (and he IS holding the cards here, despite what some panic-stricken Republicans might think), shouldn’t we at least get wall funding too?
The Hill reports that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) “sidestepped questions” about whether or not he would vote for the short-term spending bill without an immigration fix.
“I’m hopeful that we won’t get to that. I’m hopeful that they’ll put something — [a] bipartisan proposal with both [the] DREAM [Act] and border security in the bill,” said Schumer, adding that negotiators were “coming pretty close to a conclusion.”
Schumer is referring to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which is essentially a path to citizenship for “Dreamers,” and Republicans seem to beg to differ on the “pretty close” part.
McConnell and most of his party rightfully understand that one (the spending bill) has nothing to do with the other, Democratic posturing aside. Whether or not they can win enough Democrats – at least eight – to pass the short-term funding bill without a DACA fix is another thing altogether.
It’s a game of chicken with pretty high stakes, but if Republicans blink first, they’re liable to be in for many more sad Christmases at the ballot box.
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