Dreamers in limbo as lawmakers vote to end government shutdown

Cheryl Sanders
January 24, 2018

The House passed the continuing resolution 266-159, with 36 more yes votes than the four-week resolution they passed last week.

The Senate has advanced a bill reopening federal agencies through February 8 after Democrats relented and lifted their blockade against the legislation.

"On the one hand, it's kind of a non-agreement". "I think if we learned anything during this process, it's that a strategy to shut down the government over an issue of illegal immigration is something the American people didn't understand", he said.

Democratic leaders - anxious about being blamed for a disruptive shutdown - accepted a Republican promise to hold a full Senate debate over immigration and the 700,000 Dreamers who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

Schumer said his Republican colleagues in the Senate were "afraid" of Mr. Trump because he has still not provided clear indications on where he stood on a fix for DACA.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said he believes the government will remain closed on Monday.


The group included red state Democrats, Sens. He said that has the potential to be transformative, allowing the Senate function again. Tester said in a statement that the 17-day budget did not include any funding for community health centers that are important to his rural state, nor did the deal include additional resources for border security. Democrats had been holding out for a firmer commitment to provide protections for an estimated 700,000 younger immigrants brought illegally to the U.S.as children.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, second from right, accompanied by Sen.

"So long as the government remains open, it would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], border security, and related issues as well as disaster relief, defense funding, health care and other important matters", McConnell said.

Democrats emerged from a caucus meeting announcing they would support the measure. The Republican leaders told me to work a deal out with the White House.

Trump moved to undercut Democrats, saying he would only accept a comprehensive immigration reform - one that notably addresses his demands for a border wall with Mexico as well as the fate of the "Dreamers". Walker conceded the hardline immigration bill now introduced by Rep. I don't trust the Republicans and I don't trust (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell with just a promise.

"We're going to have to start on a new basis, and the wall offer's off the table", Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters Tuesday. "We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country". "It's obviously bad policy but it would also be pretty bad politics for Republicans as well".


Many Republicans in Congress would have turned a blind eye while Trump carried out his plan to deport the Dreamers. The House quickly approved, and Trump signed the measure Monday night.

Moderates from both parties pressured leaders to end the shutdown and compromise.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said Democrats got enough to satisfy them moving forward. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. He said the only way to get the president and the House on board with an immigration bill was to pass it in the Senate with overwhelming support.

President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday night ending the government shutdown, capping off a almost three-day deadlock and reinstating funds until February 8, a senior administration official said.

"There are still going to be hard issues, there's no doubt about that", said Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona. "The difference is the Senate will work its will and that's the way the Senate is supposed to work". Consequences would have mounted Monday morning as government agencies prepared to furlough thousands of workers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) delayed preparations for the 2018 tax season.


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