Democrats ARE pinning their hopse to get the DACA/Dreamers issue and other pieces of Immigration legislation up for a vote by the Feb. 8th next budget vote on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s word….
McConnell is gonna be under pressure from Trump and anti-immigration Republicans to NOT give much of anything to Democrats on a path to citizenship for illegal or legal immigrants ….
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will be under even MORE pressuer then his has been by the left of his party to get SOMETHING on Immigration…A failure to do so could cost him dearly…
Asked if she[ Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)] trusts McConnell to follow through, she added: “Chuck Schumer trusts him. I haven’t been party to that discussion, so I really can’t comment. But the strategy was to keep it affixed to a must-pass vehicle because there was great worry that the House wouldn’t pass it. The leadership did it this way; they must know something I don’t.”
Democrats are betting that passing an immigration bill will put pressure on the House and Trump
Instead, many Senate Democrats are slightly refining their strategy. They believe that if McConnell keeps his promise and the Senate passes a bill with overwhelming bipartisan support, that would put the onus on House Republicans to acquiesce or take the blame this time for failing to negotiate.
It’s a risky ploy, given how intransigent the hardline conservatives have been on immigration. But the minority has calculated that it’s the best move they have, rather than risk a shutdown dragging out and Republicans continuing to bludgeon them for refusing to approve a six-year CHIP extension.
“Plus, do they really want to start deporting third-grade teachers on March 5?” he added. “I don’t think so.”…
Some GOPer’s would have NO problem seeing that third -grade teacher detained and sent back to a place he/she never knew….