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2017 Failure? Dems Fall Short on DACA

Capitol Hill Democrats are facing heat over their failure to secure legislative protections for young, undocumented immigrants.

By NTK Staff | 12.22.2017 @10:00am
2017 Failure? Dems Fall Short on DACA

Upset with President Trump for letting President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy end, Democrats pledged for months that they would shut the government down if protections for young, undocumented immigrants were not restored by the end of the year.

Fast-forward to present day, and the government is funded with no agreement on DACA in Congress.

And Democrats’ failure to deliver is causing real trouble on the left.

Left-leaning groups like CREDO Mobile and Democracy For America (DFA) laid blame squarely at the feet of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) after a short-term spending bill passed the House and Senate on Thursday without the protections.

“This is a monumental failure of leadership on the part of Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” CREDO political director Murshed Zaheed said in a statement hammering party leaders over DACA …

In all, 17 Senate Democrats voted to keep the government funded and open. This fiscal responsibility, however, is being targeted by groups like CREDO and DFA as “beyond pathetic.”

Now with the government funded through next month, many worry Democrats have lost their leverage.

“I think it’s pretty evident that — how do I say this kindly — that there was some leverage potentially to do (DACA) this year, I think Nancy (Pelosi) and the Democrats kind of abandoned it,” said Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, who has long supported immigration reform. “But I’m still committed to getting it done and I think it will get done.”

Expect Senate Democrats to make a push for DACA protections to be included in the January 2018 funding bill, but don’t be surprised if they fall short again.

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