Democrats led by Chuck Schumer have blocked a vote on a Republican bill to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities, arguing they have little to do with the fate of DACA immigrants.
From The Hill:
Democrats have not yielded back procedural time on the Senate floor, stalling the beginning of the immigration debate this week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried to get the ball rolling by proposing a vote on an amendment proposed by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) addressing sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that refuse to help federal officials with immigration enforcement. Schumer immediately objected to that move.
“The proposal he just offered does not address the underlying issues of this debate, why we’re here. It doesn’t address ‘Dreamers’ nor does it address border security,” Schumer argued.
The Republicans quickly expressed their irritation over the Democrats’ delaying tactic.
“The majority leader today tries to carry out that promise [to debate immigration] and get this bill moving and we have this objection. Very puzzling,” stated Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.
“The leader has asked for unanimous consent to allow us to start debating these issues and the Democrats are refusing,” Grassley added. “Puzzling, as I say it is, because they have been the ones to demand to have this debate.”
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