During that year, Sen. Chuck Schumer expressed on at least two occasions that it would be idiotic for Democrats to “shut the government down” and “hold the American people hostage,” especially if it was over immigration reform.
On Oct. 6, 2013, Schumer told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage and then says ‘Let’s negotiate over the price of your house.’ You know we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say ‘We’re shutting down the government. We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos.”
On Oct. 13, 2013, Schumer berated Republicans, expressing to CNN’s Jake Tapper, “What if I persuaded my caucus to say, ‘I’m going to shut the government down. I am going to not pay our bills unless I get my way?’ It’s a politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.”
Believe it or not, the tactic that Schumer and his Democratic comrades once chastised Republicans for exerting, was the same exact act that they engaged in this past week. They shut down the government over immigration reform, spiraling the government into “governmental chaos.”
As a result of the shutdown, blue-collar government workers and military personnel worked without pay. They risked the expiration of children’s health insurance, along with the temporary closing of national monuments. Democrats sent a clear message to the American people that the livelihood of illegal immigrants is more valuable than the livelihood of actual, documented Americans.
President Trump was willing to compromise on DACA, as long as the Democrats were willing to provide further security along the United States–Mexico Border by constructing a wall. This was beyond a reasonable compromise, but the left refused. Democrats are not interested in compromising. They want it either their way or no way at all, and they are willing to make legal American citizens suffer until they accomplish their agenda.
The big reason why they desire amnesty is simply because history shows it results in more Democratic voters. Following the bipartisan 1986 amnesty bill, signed by President Ronald Reagan, Democrats gained 7 percent amongst Latinos in the following 1988 election.
As an eager and selfish effort to gain additional power, Democrats in Washington strongly desire an amnesty bill; however, they want America’s immigration problem to remain unresolved. This is so they can push for amnesty again in the future. Democrats do not care about DACA; otherwise, they would have accepted the compromise. They want open borders and a continuation of universal amnesty legislation, and DACA is simply an emotional pawn. It is a never-ending cycle with the left, and that is why they must be recognized in their most accurate and descriptive form: immature, childish juveniles that must be disciplined and forced to
As a result of the three-day shutdown, Democrats literally accomplished nothing. They did not get amnesty. Despite their efforts to hold their breath, they did not get their way. The only thing they accomplished is costing hardworking men and women three days’ worth of their salary. Democrats on Capitol Hill are no longer advocates for the “hardworking, American common man,” but rather foreign, deliberately unregistered, lawbreaking criminals that did not have enough integrity and respect for our country to go through our legal process. We have a pathway to citizenship; it’s called the American immigration system. They must stand in line with the honorable immigrants from Mexico and other nations from around the world, and wait their turn. What happened to the principles of “equality” and “fairness” that liberals claimed to possess? They are as non-existent as their accomplishments in the latest Democratic-induced government shutdown. The electorate must hold Democrats in Washington responsible for their selfish and inconsiderate behavior, by voting them out on Election Day.