Senate Democrats End Government Shutdown Without Protection for Dreamers
The Senate passed a short-term spending package Monday that, upon approval from the House, ends the nascent three-day government shutdown. But there are many prominent Democrats, activists, and ordinary folks who are none-too-pleased with the terms of the agreement.
Why all the rage? In 2017, the government ended DACA, which protects the legal status of children who were brought to the US by undocumented immigrant parents. One of the main items the Democrats were holding out for was some sort of guaranteed protection for the country’s so-called Dreamers.
They didn’t get it. What they did get was a wishy-washy statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that there would be an immigration debate in the near future. According to the New York Times, McConnell said Monday that he would permit a “free and open debate” on immigration next month.
His exact words:
“It would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security, and related issues as well as disaster relief, defense funding, health care, and other important matters.”
There is no guarantee that any legislation emerging from such a debate would be approved. There are also many Democratic senators that have expressed doubt that McConnell will keep his word.
Not surprisingly, there are plenty of Democrats who are mighty angry with their party’s actions, which many see as caving.
It seems pretty clear that the priority for Senate Democrats was to end a potentially damaging government shutdown. They also succeeded in extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years and can prompt another government shutdown on February 8 when the short-term spending package approved today runs out.
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