On Monday, only hours after the Democrats voted with Republicans to end the Government shutdown, the agreement to move forward on immigration reform was scrapped. Whitehouse Press Secretary Raj Shah said Trump will not even consider the bipartisan immigration bill being worked on by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The Government will face another shutdown in three weeks.
Shah went on to throw some meat to the base, and say that Democrats “blinked” by ending the shutdown. ‘Touchdown! U blinked! Winning!!!!’ This taunting may be the only truth emanating from Mr. Shah. Three weeks delay has real world impacts, as 2,200 Dreamers, kids who volunteered their personal information to immigration in exchange for amnesty, will lose their legal status. Thousands of others remain in expiration limbo, unable to work, unable to pay taxes, unable to get scholarships and countryless.
“I think the fact they are voting in favor of this proposal that they rejected a few days ago is sort of evidence that they blinked.”
Shah added that President Donald Trump intends to negotiate with lawmakers over protections for young undocumented immigrants under the DREAM Act, but he would not support a bipartisan proposal extended by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). According to Shah, "The Graham-Durbin proposal is not a proposal the president can sign."
Is it possible that the Democrats will get the hint that the GOP are liars? Mitch McConnell isn’t even afraid to lie his lies on camera anymore. Trump will never “do bipartisan,” and won’t even work with his own Senators on immigration compromise. Does anyone actually believe that with President Stevie Miller whispering bad things about brown people into Trump’s ear that a deal for DACA will go anywhere?
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca
Read more here “White House: Democrats 'blinked' in shutdown showdown” by Christians Lima, for Politico on January 22, 2018 and "White House, McConnell rule out bipartisan immigration work, set up next Trump Shutdown" by Joan McCarter for Daily Kos on January 22, 2018.