Sen. Chuck Schumer is the worst negotiator in Washington â€“ even worse than Donald Trump. Unfortunately he is also the leader of Senate Democrats.
Yesterday, Sen. Schumer caved to the white supremacist base of Trumpâ€™s Republican Party and led the Senate Democrats to a total surrender â€“ during the heat of the the Trump shutdown â€“ that did nothing to protect Dreamers.1 As a result of Sen. Schumerâ€™s sellout on the Senate floor, 33 Democrats gave away all their leverage and helped embolden the nativist extremists who run Trumpâ€™s racist regime.
We now have until Feb. 8 to force the entire Senate Democratic caucus to come together with one goal: using the next government funding deadline to protect Dreamers without compromising one bit with Republicansâ€™ racist anti-immigrant agenda.
Schumer is justifying his appalling decision by saying he got a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell â€“ a serial liar and unrepentant bigot â€“ for a vote on a bipartisan bill to make permanent the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But we know that even a career compromiser like Schumer would never have agreed to a deal if he thought heâ€™d be alone â€“ moderate, cowardly Democrats had his back.
That means that â€“ despite months of passionate and intense organizing from our allies in the immigrants rights and progressive movements, and after a weekend when millions again took to the streets for womenâ€™s marches to protest Trumpâ€™s dangerous agenda â€“ 33 Democrats, in a misguided attempt to protect themselves electorally, decided to sacrifice Dreamers. Their craven calculus puts more immigrant families at risk of separation and exposes even more Dreamers to Trumpâ€™s racist deportation force. It also lays the groundwork for a DACA compromise that would include unacceptable capitulation to the extreme anti-immigrant wing of the Republican Party.
Yesterday, 16 Democrats said no to Schumerâ€™s deal.2 Right now, we need to put massive pressure on the Democrats who caved to make sure they stand with the Democrats who showed their solidarity with Dreamers when the next deadline arrives. Can you add your name today?
A year ago, and again this weekend, we were marching in the streets, rushing to the airports and gathering in our local communities to stand up and speak out against Trump. When we said #NoBanNoWall and #ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere, we meant it. And we thought Democrats, who were desperately trying to claim the mantle of the resistance, meant it as well.
But last week, Schumer offered to give Trump all the funding he needs to build his racist border wall.3 And the current compromise in the Senate, from Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham, is rumored to not only fund border security and interior enforcement, but also help Republicans advance racist right-wing immigration reforms that would prevent immigrants from reuniting with their families and keep Black and Brown people out of the country.4
Some Democrats, and even some progressives, seem to think that the wall is no big deal, or that itâ€™s OK to give in a little to Trump and Republicans in order to save Dreamers. But we cannot ever forget that Trumpâ€™s entire campaign â€“ from calling Mexicans rapists to promising to build the wall â€“ was a public expression of a white supremacist fantasy. That ugly fantasy has seeds in Trumpâ€™s challenge to President Obamaâ€™s citizenship and Republicansâ€™ refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of the first Black president.
That white supremacy fuels Trumpâ€™s immigration agenda, which aims to make America whiter by walling off Black and Brown people from â€śshithole countriesâ€ť in detention centers and at the borders. It drives the inhumane racism of Trump advisors, from Steve Bannon to Stephen Miller to Jeff Sessions, who see whiteness and white privilege under such threat that they are willing to use any means necessary to maintain white majorities and white power.
We can never accept, normalize or legitimize even a shred of this white supremacist fantasy. And right now, time is of the essence. If Sen. Schumer and the Democrats who voted with him this week do not face massive pressure from the progressive community, they will continue to compromise. Democratsâ€™ inability to do anything but surrender will be a fatal sign of weakness to Trump and congressional Republicans who will look for even more opportunities to spiral our country further into racist xenophobia.
Click the link below to tell Democrats to use the Feb. 8 government funding deadline to protect Dreamers without a single compromise to Republicansâ€™ racist anti-immigrant agenda:
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- Will Drabold, "," Mic, Jan. 22, 2018.
- Melanie Schmitz, "," ThinkProgress, Jan. 22, 2018.
- Bob Bryan, "," Business Insider, Jan. 20, 2018.
- Jim Newell, "," Slate, Jan. 11, 2018.