The Progressive-Democrats in Congress don’t want a deal, neither on the budget nor on DACA. They want the Federal government shut down so they can blame the Republicans for it during this fall’s elections. They also want to keep the DACA situation and immigration in general alive as a debating question for those same elections.
Democrats said Mr Trump’s dismissal of “shithole countries” in Africa in a closed meeting last week with lawmakers positioned him as the person who upset the negotiations.
Notice that. The Progressive-Democrats are doing two things here: masquerading a claim of certain words being spoken as a fact that those words were spoken, and then using those words as an excuse to refuse to deal on DACA rather than actually dealing on DACA.
That the Progressive-Democrats do not want a DACA deal at all is illustrated by a third thing to notice, a matter that’s being carefully ignored by both those Progressive-Democrats and the NLMSM. Such words spoken publicly would be damaging to our national reputation; on that we’re all agreed. What’s ignored is that, having been said in that closed meeting (if they were said), no one outside the meeting would know about them and no damage would be done—but for a meeting participant (Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL) comes to mind) running screaming to the press as soon as the meeting broke up to bruit about those words. This is a deliberate move to blow up any DACA negotiations.
Nor is a DACA agreement needed in the current budget debate. President Donald Trump’s rescission of ex-President Barack Obama’s (D) DHS memorandum gave Congress, where such a matter belongs, until next March to enact a DACA program legislatively, or explicitly decline to do so, before Trump’s rescission takes effect. The lack of urgency is further well-known to the Progressive-Democrats: a Federal judge has blocked Trump’s order. Demanding a DACA deal in the current budget debate is simply a mechanism to block a budget deal.
Too, the Progressive-Democratic Party must come before children. That Party is more important than children is demonstrated by two outcomes of the Progressive-Democrats’ obstructionism. The DACA children will get nothing from any government shutdown. The Progressive-Democrats’ rejection of a budget deal also will reject the CHIP program, whose funding is renewed for six years, in the deal on offer. Millions of children will be denied access to health insurance.
Remember that in the coming elections.