American Thinker: With about a month to go before protections for DACA recipients expires, Democrats are once again trying to use the issue as leverage in talks to keep the government operating past Thursday.
The House has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on another continuing resolution and as Democrats did in January when the government was facing a shutdown, they are insisting that no funding bill will be passed with their support unless it includes protections for 800,000 illegal aliens eligible to avoid deportation under an Obama executive order.
But the two sides are far apart on an immigration bill, with Republicans demanding that any DACA legislation be coupled with billions more in immigration enforcement funding, including money for a wall along the southern border.
Last time, Democrats severely overplayed their hand as the argument that a shutdown would be the GOP’s fault never caught on. Once they realized that, the jig was up and they were forced to vote for the temporary funding bill.
But this enraged their radical base and while the politics of the shutdown haven’t changed, Democrats risk severe damage if they insist on including DACA and fail to deliver. read more