White House Blasts 'Schumer Democrats' For Rejecting Trump's Immigration Plan

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 7:30 AM
White House Blasts 'Schumer Democrats' For Rejecting Trump's Immigration Plan

The White House blasted “Schumer Democrats” on Thursday over the Senate’s rejection of legislation based on President Trump’s immigration plan by a vote of 39-60.

With the deadline to find a solution for recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Democrats weren’t serious about immigration reform.

"Today, the Schumer Democrats in the Senate demonstrated again that they are not serious about DACA, they are not serious about immigration reform, and they are not serious about homeland security," she said.

"They filibustered a proposal with an extremely generous path to citizenship because it also contained reforms that secured our border and secured our immigration system."

The measure was one of four turned down by the Senate Thursday.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) spearheaded the legislation, which included a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, $25 billion for border security, beefed up interior security, and limits on legal immigration. 

"The president, in my view, has gone more than halfway to meet the Democrats and resolve this matter. If they're actually interested in finding a solution, it's time they take yes for an answer," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the vote. 

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also said the measure was a “reasonable compromise.”

“While radical Schumer Democrats align themselves with the open border fringe, the Trump Administration will continue advocating for the American people. The next step will be for the House to continue advancing the proposal from Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman McCaul,” Sanders added in her statement.

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