Under pressure from congressional Democrats to attach permanent protections for DACA recipients onto government funding, Republicans stood unified against the minority’s demands and forced Democrats to surrender the issue for now.
Some Democrats refused to support any continuing resolution that did not include protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) obstruction led to a federal shutdown on Friday that ended with Democratic surrender on Monday afternoon.
Instead of a bipartisan deal that included DACA measures, Democrats received no concessions in the Monday resolution that will reopen the government. The only prize Democrats reportedly won was the assurance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that the Senate will consider a bipartisan DACA bill.
Reporters made it clear on Twitter that Democrats lost the shutdown showdown:
If this was always Senate Democrats' exit strategy – cave in exchange for nothing – they should have just provided the 8 votes on Friday.
— George Zornick (@gzornick) January 22, 2018
If this thing passes at noon, WOW. Democrats got nothing in this. Can someone please remind me why this happened to begin with? Wasn't it abt a DACA deal? There is no DACA deal
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) January 22, 2018
Senate Democrats are taking McConnell's word for it on a DACA vote.
Big risk. BIG.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) January 22, 2018
President Trump and congressional Republicans required border protections and stronger interior enforcement in exchange for DACA protections. Democrats did not budge, with much of their base calling for a “clean” DREAM Act.