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Chuck Shumer said today that now there was a “real pathway” to getting DACA legislation approved. The compromise that was reached, yet another continuing resolution to fund the government until February 8, hinges on nothing more than a promise to address the issues of DACA and border legislation on February 9 — hopefully to resolve the DACA issue before the March deadline. Now perhaps Hell has indeed frozen over and Mitch McConnell has now become a man of his word. Or, alternatively, McConnell has lied one more time about DACA legislation. He made this exact same promise to Jeff Flake in December in order to get Flake’s vote on the tax bill. So, why should today be different from any other day? Can we rely on McConnell’s word? Or is Chuck Schumer a fool? Different parties are weighing in. 

“It’s official: Chuck Schumer is the worst negotiator in Washington—even worse than Trump. Any plan to protect Dreamers that relies on the word of serial liars like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, or Donald Trump is doomed to fail.”
—Murshed Zaheed, CREDO

Here’s more commentary from people that you know. Common Dreams:

“A promise from known liars Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, or Donald Trump isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, yet despite that fact, most Senate Democrats, including Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, voted to allow Donald Trump to continue to subject an ever growing number of Dreamers to lives threatened by deportation from the only home they’ve ever known,” noted Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America.

“That’s not what moral courage or leadership in the face of Trump’s hate looks like, and it sure as hell isn’t a display of competent negotiating skills,” Chamberlain added. “Today’s cave by some Senate Democrats was not only a stunning display of moral and political cowardice, it was a strategically incoherent move that demonstrates precisely why so many believe the Democratic Party doesn’t stand for anything.”

“Trump and Republicans in Congress stood with their anti-immigrant nativist base, and too many Democrats backed down, abandoned Dreamers, and failed to fight for their values,” said MoveOn.org executive director Ilya Sheyman, who called the stopgap measure a “bad, outrageous deal.”

Think Progress reports that Dick Durbin believes McConnell and Lindsey Graham did take Durbin’s side when Trump accused Durbin of lying about the “shithole” comment. As you may remember, Durbin was the only Democrat present, so without Graham the fall out could have been uglier than it was. 

So, which is it? Did Democrats facing re-election this November cave, led by Schumer, or has real progress been made and doubters will be eating their words in 17 days? In the face of this much hostility and the left divided, that is devoutly to be wished. 

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