Sunday, January 28, 2018
Schumer’s to-do list: Fix DACA, win the Senate, manage Trump - The Washington Post - What some liberal Democrats stubbornly and arrogantly refuse to acknowledge is that Schumer and the Senate Democrats decided to involuntarily sacrifice the Dreamers over their desire to protect conservative Democrats in the coming 2018 election cycle.
What some liberal Democrats stubbornly and arrogantly refuse to acknowledge is that Schumer and the Senate Democrats decided to involuntarily sacrifice the Dreamers over their desire to protect conservative Democrats in the coming 2018 election cycle. This immoral choice must have consequences. Democrats can't win any national legislative body without Black and Brown votes. It is time for us to voluntarily make a sacrifice. If there is no deal on DACA people of color must engage in "A Day of Absence" on election day November 6, 2018. We must stop voting for people who when the chips are down bail on us. There will be a short term loss but we will have put fear in the heart of Democrats by letting them know they cannot take our votes for granted. "Schumer’s gamble, at the moment, is that failure to secure protections for dreamers will fall on Republicans — and that Trump-state Democrats will be able to survive by tacking away from the more liberal wing of the party on immigration and other issues.
At the center of Schumer’s challenges is his relationship with Trump, perhaps the most intriguing cross-party bond in Washington. While Schumer blames Trump for the impasse, much of the public sees it differently, squarely blaming Democrats for the shutdown. For some, the burden is now on Schumer to find a way forward.
The two New Yorkers, who both trace their roots to the outer boroughs of New York City, have quietly built a rapport over the last year, even as they clashed in public over the major policy fights. “I like him!” Trump exclaimed, in an impromptu gaggle with the reporters after the shutdown. “I like Schumer!”
The immigration fight has deepened a divide between the two men. While flying back from Switzerland Friday, Trump returned to name-calling, blaming Schumer for the dwindling chances of replacing the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump ended last year.
“DACA has been made increasingly difficult by the fact that Cryin’ Chuck Schumer took such a beating over the shutdown that he is unable to act on immigration!” Trump tweeted.
It’s true that Democrats’ short-lived resolve over the shutdown undermined a key point of leverage they had promised to use for months: To refuse any agreement on a future budget with Republicans unless protections were included for the roughly 1.8 million dreamers brought to the country illegally by their parents.
After he agreed to reopen the government last week, Schumer admitted that any prolonged shutdown would likely work against Democratic interests, lowering the odds of it being used again. “You’ve got to be strategic and if things went too long, yeah, people might have turned against the dreamers,” Schumer said of the shutdown.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who, like Schumer, continues to link negotiations on the budget with a deal for dreamers, voted against reopening the government following the shutdown..."
Schumer’s to-do list: Fix DACA, win the Senate, manage Trump - The Washington Post