‘Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress …’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Congressional Democrats have vowed to block all federal legislation until the current partial government shutdown—now in its third week—is resolved.
The strategy is aimed at ratcheting up pressure on President Donald Trump, who has insisted that government funding must come with an allotment for a southern border barrier.
In blocking legislation, Democrats are projecting a desire to open the government, even though they blocked previous funding attempts to spite the president.
Now, with a set of new anti-wall funding measures lined up for Wednesday, Democrats can blame congressional Trump Republicans for not signing on.
“The facts are clear: President Trump has the power to stop hurting the country by reopening the government and ending the Trump Shutdown,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said Monday night in a joint statement.
The House intends to pass funding bills for the IRS and U.S. Treasury on Wednesday, before moving on to funding bills for other singular agencies.
“The Senate should vote on nothing else until we vote to reopen the government. Period.,” tweeted Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in solidarity.
Vice President Mike Pence visited Capitol Hill on Monday to brief Republican lawmakers on the White House strategy. President Trump is scheduled to address the nation from the Oval Office Tuesday night.
“Our position is there is a crisis on our southern border, we’ve been negotiating to open the government and address that border crisis, we’re also taking steps to mitigate the effects of the shutdown,” Pence told reporters Monday.
Democrats have ripped Trump’s wall as an “immoral” and “ineffective” way to stop mass illegal immigration, but the messaging stands in stark contrast to the position of party leaders only a few years ago.
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other prominent Democrats all voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized hundreds of miles of hard barrier walls along the Mexican border.
In 2009, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., famously blasted illegal immigration as “wrong, plain and simple.”
“Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress on dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants who are here now,” Schumer said.