The shutdown needs a solution on DACA. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) sounds doubtful they’ll ever get one.
Walking to the Capitol Building Saturday evening, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill), the lead Democratic immigration negotiator, surrounded by congressional aides, appeared exhausted and despondent.
“I honestly don’t know what is going on,” he told Vox. He said he hadn’t seen Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for hours.
The government spending deadline elapsed at midnight, and the shutdown had been in effect for nearly a a day. Yet Democrats and Republicans are still deep in a standoff over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump has promised to sunset fully by March 5. Many of these young immigrants grew up as Americans, speak English, and, as a requirement of the program, are gainfully employed. But their fate has become the center of the shutdown fight, and one that doesn’t look like it’ll be resolved anytime soon.
Republican and Democratic senators negotiated late into the early hours of Saturday morning trying to make a deal, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been unable — or unwilling — to make assurances that a bipartisan immigration bill would make it to Trump’s desk.
By morning, Democrats had walked away from a short-term government spending bill that would have extended the shutdown deadline by four weeks and funding the Children’s Health Insurance program for six years — something that Democrats have been calling for since the programs funding lapsed last October — because it did not include a path forward on immigration. The spending bill failed with both Democrats and Republican defections. Since, McConnell has offered to shorten the short term spending bill, heeding to only part of Democratic demands, who want to hasten Congress’ urgency on DACA negotiations, as well as ensure a Read More Here