Shut. It. Down.

The GOP should keep DACA recipients in the country without citizenship and let the Democrats shut down the government.

Want to know the President's thinking on an immigration deal? The White House emailed out a link to this story yesterday evening. It's about an illegal alien with drug issues who shot and killed two police officers. The White House is going to take a very hard line on border security. Meanwhile, Senator Tom Cotton reportedly thinks Democrats would be blamed for a government shutdown and it might help the GOP in 2018.

I think Tom Cotton is right.

Democrats seem to continually overplay their hand on immigration. If Republicans offer a plan to keep DACA recipients in the country and the Democrats still shut down the government, it could re-energize a Republican base that is starting to get tired. It could also push some fence sitters away from the Democrats.

This is a fight worth having. The GOP is probably not going to offer a harsh deal on DACA because there is a strong consensus led by the President that the DACA recipients should be allowed to stay in exchange for border security. If that's the deal and the Democrats balk at it, shut down the government and make the case that the Democrats are putting illegal aliens and lax borders ahead of the national interest.

Personally, I tend to always favor a government shutdown. People need to remember they can survive without the federal government. As Democrats have rediscovered federalism, now they can realize a Washington inconsequential to their lives is a good thing.

I agree with Wayne Peterkin with one exception. There can be no chain migration attached to the bill. If you're here find, but your ten thousand relatives can't use you as a bargaining chip. You, your wife and children. Period end of quote.

The Reality of a government shutdown is that ONLY 18% is effected. The check still go out and the Revenue still continues to come in.

The Democrats have played the RINO WHIG Democrat Lite Repubs because the Establishment RINOs have no backbone or do they have leadership.

Legal status will be demagogued and protested and browbeat into CITIZENSHIP…. Massive can of worms. Amnesty guaranteed.

It still looks very weak if a party with control of all three branches of government can't pass a budget. I personally as a liberal would prefer them being more hard-line about CHIP than DACA. However, I imagine many who are Republicans are very disappointed that the majority party is so divided the minority actually could force a shutdown. And I feel bad for those who look at a Congress that by party lines should be able to drive through almost any legislation be in this position. Goid news for the GOP is that most Dem demographics still ignore midterms. I've been disappointed to see so much focus on liberal forums about 2020 than 2018, but that's good news for you guys.