Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, had a loud Tuesday night after protesters gathered outside of his home. According to Fox News, these protesters were angry at what they perceived to be him caving to Trump on immigration.
In particular, they were angry that Schumer agreed to a budget deal that didn't include immediate protections for dreamers. Representing the far-left of the Democratic Party, this group hailed the government shutdown as an opportunity to provide legal protections to dreamers.
The protesters began at the Grand Army Plaza and then marched southward to Schumer's home.
According to the National Review, Chuck Schumer gave a speech on the Senate floor on Monday, declaring that Senate Democrats would support a continuing resolution to reopen the government. In exchange, they demanded a promise to vote on DACA in the coming weeks.
Schumer and the Democrats were humiliated that their decision to shut down the government turned into a losing position. The American people, although they side with the Democrats in wanting significant legal protections for dreamers, do not wish to provide these legal protections at the expense of shutting down the government. As a result, Schumer's position was only popular with the far-left of his base, while it was a losing position for the mainstream of the Democratic Party and most of America.
"Schumer had led his party further out on a limb than his red state senators were willing to go, and to a position a majority of the public did not support," writes Jim Geraghty at the National Review. "The public is generally supportive of protecting the DACA kids from deportation, but they’re not willing to live with a government shutdown to get it."
But again, this doesn't mean that everyone was happy that the government reopened. And those on the far-left of the Democratic party were furious that Schumer, a man who they expected to hold out on their behalf, decided it was prudent to compromise and reopen the government. They claim that Schumer "won't let them dream," and as a result, they "won't let him sleep."
"If Chuck won't let us dream, we won't let him sleep," they chanted, according to Fox News.
Initially, most top Democrats refused to end a procedural filibuster until dreamers received legal protection. A shutdown quickly ensued. By Monday, however, Schumer and many Democrats voted to reopen the government.
According to the Washington Post, the bipartisan deal to reopen the government came after Senate Democrats offered up their votes in exchange for Republican leaders to let the Senate debate on a bill to protect dreamers. After the government shut down occurred on Saturday, both sides discussed over the weekend. Eventually, 27 Democrats changed their vote and 3 Republican changed theirs, providing for enough votes to move forward.
Nearly 81 Senators voted in favor of the bill to re-open the government, while 18 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted against the bill.
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