President Donald Trump was happy and praised congressional Democrats for accepting a deal that will reopen the government in exchange for the promise of future negotiations over immigration.
“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children,” Trump said in a statement read by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday. “As I have always said, once the government is funded, my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration. We will make a long-term deal on immigration if and only if it is good for the country.”
Many of the Senate Democrats who refused to cast their votes finally voted after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to allow a vote within the next three weeks over legislation that extends protections for young, undocumented immigrants.
Sanders said Democrats decided to drop their demand that an immigration package be tied to a spending bill because it was “indefensible.”
“Democrats realized that the position they had taken, frankly, was indefensible and they had to focus on, first, funding our military, protecting border patrol agents, funding vulnerable children through the CHIP program,” she said, referring to the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“These were things they didn’t disagree with, they agreed with everything that was in this CR [continuing resolution]. The president stayed firm, Republicans stayed firm and Democrats realized they had to move past that piece of legislation to focus on the conversation they are desperate to have,” she added, referring to the Democratic push to discuss immigration issues.
Sanders reads statement from Trump, who says he's "pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses" and that he'll work to solve "the problem of very unfair illegal immigration” when the government is funded. https://t.co/aV8lLa98dO https://t.co/CIRQFQYIsa
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