“We don’t see it”: Activists don’t think Democrats won the shutdown fight.

“They caved.”


As soon as Democrats struck a deal on Monday to reopen the federal government, the statements and tweets began pouring in from progressive and immigration groups. The target of their anger was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who initially got enough Democrats (and a handful of Republicans) to vote against a short-term spending bill over the lack of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program deal on Friday.

But under Schumer’s leadership, Democrats had reversed course by midday Monday, with the majority of the caucus supporting another short-term funding bill to open the government.

“They stood up and fought; it was great,” said Ezra Levin, co-executive director of the national activist group Indivisible. “We were behind [Schumer]. Then unilaterally to fold on Monday while getting absolutely nothing … was absolutely shocking and baffling. It felt like a real betrayal.”

Democratic senators, of course, don’t see it that way. They believe they successfully cornered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by getting him to publicly promise an open immigration debate in the coming weeks if a deal isn’t reached by February 8.

“I think he’s made his commitments so publicly, so unequivocally, it would be very difficult for him to try to find a way out of meeting that commitment,” Sen. Angus King (I-ME), who causes with the Democrats, told Vox’s Dylan Scott.

But activists and immigrant rights groups view this as the opposite of a win. Many say they wanted Democrats to secure a concrete deal, rather than settling for assurances from Republican leadership.

“We don’t see it,” said Cristina Jiménez, executive director of United We Dream, the nation’s largest DREAMer advocacy group. “The plan that they have laid out so far in terms of having a Read More Here