NY Senator Schumer along with House Democratic leader Pelosi decided NOT to shut down the government by blocking the budget continuing resolution that holds things together until January 12…..
But a fight IS brewing….
Republicans led, Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly are coming down HARD on illegal and soon legal immigrants…..
Hispanics in America under the DACA/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ‘Dreamers’ have until March 5th before the program supported by past Democratic and Republican President’s runs out….Their numbers are anywhere from 800,000 to 1.2 million…..
The once unthinkable is a worry….The Dreamers are in the system….And the Republicans seem to be stalling on this…
It would be simple for ICE to come looking for them and ship out to places they have no knowledge of….
Donald Trump pledged to do something about the Dreamers, but that was then….
Schumer is the cloak point because Republicans will need votes from his party people in the Senate to pass the budget…Pelosi can do little in the House..she doesn’t have the votes…and quite a few House Republicans would have NO problem with every immigrant, legal or illegal shipped out of this country…
Today the members of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus went to visit Senate Minority Leader Schumer and things got HOT real quick….
In a vivid display of growing divisions in the party over how to fight Republicans on immigration policy, members of the Hispanic Caucus — a 31-member group of House and Senate Democrats — walked off the House floor Thursday afternoon and headed across the Capitol to Schumer’s office suite.
With just a few minutes’ notice, they showed up in the lobby of Schumer’s suite across from the Senate floor in hopes of pressing him to persuade more senators to vote against the GOP spending plan that was set to be approved in the coming hours.
Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and members of the caucus met Wednesday to plot strategy — but the group unanimously agreed it needed to meet again with Schumer to press its case…
Several people who attended the meeting, granted anonymity to describe what was expected to be a private exchange, said the meeting with Schumer began with cordial remarks by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), who chairs the Hispanic Caucus.
But Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) — arguably the most outspoken Democrat on immigration matters — spoke next and unloaded on Schumer, accusing him and Democratic senators of not caring about the fate of dreamers and “throwing them under the bus” in the ongoing spending debate with Republicans, participants said.
In response, Schumer raised his voice, telling Gutiérrez not to insult fellow Democrats.
Gutiérrez shot back, telling Schumer, “Don’t raise your voice.”
Most of the other 16 members of the caucus in the meeting respectfully, if sternly, shared their concerns, the participants said. But a few other caucus members made pointed comments toward Schumer….
There IS supposed to be a deal in the works on this…..Maybe?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to bring a vote on immigration legislation if a bipartisan group of lawmakers can come up with a deal next month that includes border security as well as protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
There is support from lawmakers in both parties for the deportation shield in the Senate, but it likely would hit opposition from a group of conservative Republicans in the House that has stymied action on the issue in the past.
“I encourage those working on such legislation to develop a compromise that can be widely supported by both political parties and actually become law,” McConnell said in a statement.
McConnell said that would include improving border security and immigration enforcement in the U.S. and dealing with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program established through executive action by former President Barack Obama.
The Republican and Democratic senators working on an immigration agreement were meeting Wednesday afternoon. They said earlier in the day that they are closing in on a deal, though a final resolution isn’t likely to come until January….
Polling indicates that a majority of American support keeping the Dreamers program and it’s protections for those affected…