While we were busy lamenting that the official policy of the Republican Party is to kill children in schools (paid for by the NRA), yesterday the Senate failed to pass legislation to protect the Dreamers, leaving hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation.
White House blames “the Schumer Democrats” for the failure of Trump’s immigration bill.
It got 39 votes. 13 Republicans voted no, including two members of McConnell’s leadership team. pic.twitter.com/GwAHVK9wvu
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 16, 2018
Hair Führer’s favorite plan—which would cut legal immigration by reducing family reunification visas and eliminating the diversity lottery—got only 39 votes—not even a majority, let alone a three-fifths majority. That is not a filibuster, Comrade Stupid.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us:
“Good Friday morning. WHERE THINGS STAND ON IMMIGRATION … Now that the Senate has failed to pass a single immigration bill, it only will get harder in the House, where the divide is very deep and very real. Republicans are poised to try to pass the Goodlatte bill, which cuts legal immigration and is a non starter for most Democrats and outside immigration groups. BUT House Republicans now say whatever they pass out of the conservative and fractured House will take on outsized importance in the immigration debate. “
As I noted previously, if I were a Dreamer I’d start packing. But that said, the courts are likely to come to their rescue before March 5. Two court have said that Comrade Stupid has the authority to repeal previous executive orders, he has to have legitimate reasons to do it and cannot do it based on whim or prejudice.