KOMMONSENTSJANE – DEM’S WHO SUPPORTED SPENDING BILL FACE BACKLASH FROM ILLEGALS

Politicians are being threatened.

Democrats who supported spending bill face angry backlash over immigration.
The Washington Post
David Weigel, Ed O’Keefe
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) gets into an elevator at the Capitol Thursday after voting against a stopgap spending bill. Feinstein was planning to vote for the bill but faced pressure from liberals that immigration was not addressed before the end of the year.

Democrats who voted on a spending bill this week to keep government open are facing an angry backlash from their own party for not demanding a permanent solution for thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Immigration advocates in and out of Congress are railing against those who voted for the stopgap bill late Thursday despite promises from Democratic leaders that they would force action on the issue by the end of the year. Even before the Senate vote, a group of House Democrats burst into the office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, demanding an explanation. Protesters shouting “shame on Kaine!” briefly occupied the office of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who said he voted for the measure to prevent a partial government shutdown and protect federal employees.

“Every single Democrat who voted for the continuing resolution just voted to deport Dreamers and leave kids without access to health insurance,” said Murshed Zaheed, the political director of the California-based progressive group CREDO. “Quite frankly, it’s a pathetic way for the Democratic Party’s leadership to close out a year in which millions of Americans fought back and resisted the Trump regime’s racist, xenophobic and dangerous agenda.”

The internal party drama is sure to ratchet up the pressure on Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to pass the so-called Dream Act in January, when the latest stopgap spending bill is set to expire. It also threatens unity — and perhaps divisive primary challenges — at a time when Democrats are looking ahead to the 2018 midterms with new optimism that they have a chance to take control of both chambers.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) appears to have anticipated the backlash. Feinstein, who is up for election next year in the state with the largest population of “Dreamers,” surprised activists earlier this week when she said she would vote for the spending bill rather than risk a shutdown over immigration. But Feinstein switched her vote at the last minute.

A new poll, and pressure from activists, may have played a role in her thinking. On Wednesday, the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies released a survey showing her leading by just 14 points in a race against Kevin de Leon, the Democratic leader in the California Senate. De Leon, who has been in the race for just two months, was among the loudest voices demanding that Feinstein oppose the stopgap bill.

“I’ve talked with them, I’ve met with them, I understand their plight and it breaks my heart,” Feinstein said in a statement. “To allow these young people to suffer is tragic.”
The current push for immigration legislation erupted in September, after President Trump vowed to end a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, instituted by former president Barack Obama via executive action and allowing some immigrants brought into the country as children to stay legally.

At the time, Pelosi and Schumer pledged to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and advocates have kept the pressure up to ensure they do. This week, no Democrat who voted to fund the government was spared — and emotions ran high as a result.

On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) led a delegation from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus into a bitter showdown with Schumer. DACA recipients, said Gutiérrez, were being thrown “under the bus” out of convenience. Schumer told Gutiérrez to stop insulting his fellow Democrats.

Gutiérrez shot back, telling Schumer, “Don’t raise your voice.”

In addition, United We Dream, an advocacy group that dispatched protesters to the Hill all week, announced on Thursday that it would “go after Democrats that are now the #DeportationCaucus, the shameful Senators and Representatives who voted to deport immigrant youth.”

The group also released a video showcasing all of their protests inside the Capitol, with a warning to Democrats: “We’ve taken over your offices. We’ve blocked your tunnels. We’ve closed your cafeterias. Because we’re not going anywhere.”

Members who voted for the spending bill, which keeps government open only until Jan. 19, will be pressured to block next month’s version if a DACA fix fails to materialize. That includes seven of the 10 Democrats facing reelection next year in states won by Trump.

Just three Democrats up in Trump states — Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Penn) — opposed the spending bill. If just nine more Democrats had opposed the bill, it would have stalled, giving United We Dream and their allies a strategy and a hit list for January.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) was not among them. Earlier in the week, Nelson had left open the possibility of opposing the spending bill as protesters camped out in his office. But he ultimately supported it.

Republicans, who initially worried that the end of DACA could backfire on their party, have taken some pleasure in the Democrats’ agony — and are unlikely to make it any easier for them. At his year-end news conference Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that a DACA working group would get “some floor time in January,” but he cautioned that Republicans wanted DACA coupled with reforms “that improve the legal immigration system” — an unreasonable demand for activists who have demanded a “clean Dream Act” and no less.

“Schumer is trying to push it forward, and I understand that,” McConnell said. “But there is no emergency until March.”

The issue is also affecting the relationship between party leaders and its base. New liberal organizations that have sprouted since Trump’s election have allied with Democrats to block efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act — and helped ensure that every Democrat voted against the GOP’s tax cut package.

The fight for the Dream Act is messier, reminiscent of previous direct-action campaigns for gay rights and civil rights, when Democrats who thought themselves to be politically safe faced sit-ins and hecklers. Schumer, whom protesters targeted at the start of the year because he did not oppose more of Trump’s nominees, will face fresh protests this weekend for not bringing his caucus behind an effective DACA strategy. Rep. Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the party’s preferred candidate for Arizona’s open Senate seat, has also courted controversy with progressives by backing the spending bill in the House.

“Those 32 Democrats who voted for this bill voted to deport Dreamers,” said Angel Padilla, the political director of the Indivisible Project, in a statement referring to both House and Senate Democrats. “Nearly 4,000 DACA recipients will lose their status between now and January 19, when this current CR expires. Indivisible groups in each of their states will remember this vote.”

But Feinstein’s surprise move against the CR demonstrated how complicated the politics still are. Feinstein, whose national reputation as a liberal Democrat conflicts with her center-left role in California politics, is facing the most credible primary challenge of any Democrat up for reelection next year.

“Dreamers make up hundreds of thousands of Sen. Feinstein’s constituents, and while talking a good game on Dreamers, when it comes to standing up and supporting them, she is AWOL,” de Leon said at a Wednesday morning news conference, before Feinstein changed her position. “Don’t come back to California if you haven’t demonstrated your leadership and your courage to stand up for these young men and women.”

California’s top-two primary system, which produced an all-Democratic race for Senate in 2016, may put Feinstein in a protracted race with de Leon. Even after siding with activists, progressives plan to hold Feinstein accountable in the primary, citing her vote as a reason she can’t always be trusted.

“By dragging her feet and reinforcing the notion that she was either indifferent or outright hostile to the plight of the Dreamers, Feinstein just gave De Leon a much-needed opening,” said Markos Moulitsas, the Berkeley-based founder of the progressive blog and activism resource Daily Kos. “It just reminded core Democrats that we can’t count on Feinstein to do the right thing without having to pressure her to do so. In California, we should be able to count on our senators to automatically do the right thing.”

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Can you image the nerve of people who are illegals – demanding that they be made citizens?  Tell them to sign in and get in line with others from other countries.  Their attitude is what makes others resent the fact that Obama brought these people to this country and now demanding to be made citizens.  Obama brought them with a stipulation they had to vote as a Democrat – so you see why the Demorats want them made citizens.

They should  get in line like everyone else and besides the new immigration will be based on “merit.”

The President must keep his promise – STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION and DACA is illegal immigration.

Remember Obama and the trains of illegals from Mexico and Central America he brought into our country by plane, bus, and train during his eight years.  That is where the illegal people came from.

people

In fact, Obama told the illegals to vote in the 2016 election that nothing would happen to them.

kommonsentsjane

 
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