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Dems Backing Down on Immigration Ahead of Spending Vote

Dems Backing Down on Immigration Ahead of Spending Vote
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-MD. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 19 March 2018 02:56 PM EDT

Democratic leaders have signaled their intent to not hold up next week's vote on the spending package in exchange for protections for illegal immigrants in the DACA and Dreamer programs, The Hill reports.

Democrats stood their ground once, causing the government shutdown that backfired on them, but they lack the leverage to force protections for illegals on the last chance to fund the 2018 budget.

"I think that's probably the best policy for us to do," said Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer. "It's also politically the most feasible way to get an omnibus passed."

Instead, Democrats want Republicans to remove their demands — riders or poison pill provisions — from the spending bill.

Besides, the federal courts bought illegal immigrants more time anyway, ruling that President Donald Trump couldn't begin deporting DACA recipients and Dreamers after the March 5 deadline he imposed on Congress.

It's sure to be heard by the Supreme Court in the fall with a decision that wouldn't likely come until Q2 of 2019.

By then, Democrats could own the majority in the House after November's midterms.

"There's not a whole lot of reason to negotiate — to do anything that is not already covered by the court decision," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said last week.

Regardless, making a fastidious and practical political decision is still bringing out the claws from myopic Democrats.

"There are many of us who think we have to use these moments when the Republicans need Democratic votes on an important piece of legislation to demand that some of our priorities be met," said Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, a co-chairman of the Democrats' messaging arm. "And this is one of them."

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Democratic leaders have signaled their intent to not hold up next week's vote on the spending package in exchange for protections for illegal immigrants in the DACA and Dreamer programs, The Hill reports.
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