GOP Has Little Cause for Celebration in Deal to Reopen the Government

Why The Democrats Lost Their Nerve In The Shutdown Battle

Why The Democrats Lost Their Nerve In The Shutdown Battle

It looks like Democrats cut themselves a decent deal in the Senate and voted to fund the government at the right time. Hours before the shutdown, Schumer said he told Trump to name his price on the wall in exchange for protecting dreamers. It also contains a host of stringent features that are anathema to Democrats, including reducing legal immigration by 25 percent, adding border patrol agents and denying certain funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

"We're starting over", Schumer told CNN on Wednesday when asked about the latest on the standoff over the Congress' plans for addressing the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

The optics of a smiling Trump signing a bipartisan immigration deal will play well overall for Trump and Republicans, and will help defuse some of the most polarizing arguments against Trump.

On the other side, the President has made clear that he wants money - maybe as much as $20 billion in 2018 - just to build a wall along the Mexican border.

The government shutdown came after negotiations between Republicans and Democrats failed over DACA and border security.

The poll found that 32 percent blame congressional Democrats for the shutdown, 31 percent blame Trump and 18 percent blame congressional Republicans. "Former GOP Congressman David Jolly of Florida had this take, also via Twitter: "[Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer lost the weekend battle. To gain real power, they have to retain or capture Democratic seats in Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana and other states with electorates highly wary of illegal immigration.

If the entire Senate can be completely stopped by 40 Senators, and the Democrats have 48 Senators, it is clearly false - and fake news in the extreme - to hold that Republicans have all the power or that they were responsible for the shutdown.

Democrats say things changed when Trump backed away from those conciliatory words about the Dreamers when he rejected the so-called Gang of Six's compromise deal.

If the president thinks that's a "big win", it's good he's not in the casino business anymore.

The DACA deal has been elusive in part because the Democrats have tried to use the popularity of the Dreamers as a chip to advance their broader immigration agenda. Democratic politicians, particularly in sanctuary cities, want to keep it that way.

The government shutdown ended as it started - with political blathering. There will be a bad humanitarian crisis if DACA ends because this program protects about 800,000 young people. This president has been very consistent all along ... he wants a compassionate solution to the DACA situation. For most Republicans, ending the shutdown was more important than compromise on DACA.

On that day, if the debate on young undocumented immigrants is not settled, the Senate will host open debate on all immigration.

It was telling that the first signs of movement Sunday came not from the White House or congressional leadership, but from about 20 centrist senators from both parties who were working up a compromise to keep the government running through February 8. Ricardo Aca, a Mexican-born DACA recipient from Ridgewood, spoke on behalf of the group's 23,000 members.

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