New House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said on Friday that some amount of money for border security in exchange for legal protections for Dreamers, or young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, could be the way to agreement for Democrats and Republicans to end the ongoing partial government shutdown.
Congress has been trying — and failing — to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws for many years. Trying to achieve consensus on immigration now, and to pass a bill that President Trump will sign, seems like a very difficult path to follow.
Donald Trump is already losing his shutdown battle with Democrats. After his return from Iraq today he immediately began tweeting desperately, threatening to hold Democratic voters hostage until he gets funding for his border wall with Mexico. But two new polls show that his position is very unpopular.
With Congress on break for a long Christmas weekend we know that Trump’s government shutdown will last until at least Thursday. If it goes on much longer than that it won’t be the fault of Democrats, however. It will because Republicans on Capitol Hill can’t agree among themselves how to end the impasse.
According to the editors of the Washington Post, people “go into public service to make sacrifices and to accomplish some good for their fellow citizens, not to be pawns in pointless political gamesmanship.”
Everyone knows that Donald Trump will try to blame Democrats if he shuts down the U.S. government. But Democratic leaders in Congress are having none of it.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement Monday letting the world know the truth. They wrote:
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California is likely to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives when Democrats take control next year. At a press conference on Thursday she said that she did not support President Trump’s proposal to build a border wall with Mexico. She called the proposed border wall “immoral, ineffective, and expensive” and promised it will not be funded under her watch. Then she added: