Four separate immigration bills crashed and burned in the US Senate this week, capping off a week of fiery debate, negotiations, and eventually defeat as both the President’s proposal and a bipartisan bill failed to secure enough votes.
Trump’s four-part immigration plan -which would provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly two million ‘Dreamers,’ fund his border wall, and end “chain” migration- went down in defeat, with many Republicans joining their Democrat colleagues and sinking the bill in a 39-60 vote.
The Senate’s bipartisan deal also fell short just hours after Trump threatened to veto the bill he described as 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,” Trump tweeted.
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…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
The Senate’s inability to pass any immigration deal comes as the March 5th deadline looms with the nation’s DACA program officially expiring; throwing into question the fate of millions of ‘Dreamers’ currently residing in the United States.
BRING IT ON: Trump DARES Democrats to SHUT DOWN Government Over Immigration
President Trump doubled-down on his immigration demands while speaking with reporters Tuesday afternoon, daring desperate Democrats to shut down the government if they’re unable or unwilling to deliver a bipartisan reform bill that deals with both DACA and border security.
The Commander-in-Chief addressed jouranlists after a high-level meeting aimed at tackling illegal immigrant crime organizations operating in the United States, particularly the deadly MS-13 street gang.
“Frankly, if we don’t change the legislation, if we don’t get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country and continue to kill… Gang members -we were just talking about MS-13- there are many gang members that we don’t even mention; If we don’t change it let’s have a shut down,” said the President.
“We’ll do a shut down. It’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shut down if we don’t get this stuff taken care of,” he added.
Watch the President’s fiery comments below:
During a meeting on the MS-13 gang, Trump said he supports a government shutdown if Democrats won't agree to tighten immigration laws: "If we don't change it, let's have a shutdown. … I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of." https://t.co/IghwpT0aPr pic.twitter.com/rlUMfOu7WD
— CNN (@CNN) February 6, 2018
CAPITOL REVOLT: Senate REBUKES Trump Immigration Plan, DACA in LIMBO
Congressional lawmakers harshly rejected President Trump’s official immigration plan Thursday, voting down the Commander-in-Chief’s proposed legislation that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for nearly two million ‘Dreamers’ while securing funding for his border wall and restricting legal immigration levels.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley and was modeled after President Trump’s proposed immigration guidelines, but was rejected by a vast majority of US Senators.
The final tally was a lopsided 39-60; over 20 votes shy of obtaining the 60-vote threshold required to pass legislation in the Senate. The bill was rejected on both sides of the political aisle, with Democrats refusing to fund Trump’s proposed border wall and Republicans unhappy with the “pathway to citizenship.”
“But the rejection of the president’s plan was bipartisan: Democrats refused its get-tough approach to legal immigration, while many conservative Republicans opposed its pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children,” writes the New York Times.
Two-other immigration bills also failed to receive the 60-vote majority on Thursday, raising new questions over the fate of approximately 1.8 million ‘Dreamers’ when the Obama-era DACA program officially ends March 5th.
The President has repeatedly claimed there can be “no deal” on DACA without fully funding his proposed southern border wall.