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BY: David Rutz
Senate Democrats have in the past decried the idea of government shutdowns, but they have suggested a willingness this week to vote against a spending bill and potentially force a shutdown if the "Dreamers" don't get legal protections.
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Friday's funding deadline looms as a rising number of Democrats say they will not support a spending bill that doesn't address the fate of the young recipients of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. The "Dreamers" are young illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children and protected under the Obama-era executive order.
President Donald Trump rescinded the program in September and gave Congress six months to enshrine their protections legislatively.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) in 2013—when Democrats held the majority in the Senate—said that making immigration demands and threatening a government shutdown was akin to kidnapping.
"Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage and then says, ‘Let's negotiate over the price of your house,'" he said. "You know, we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘we’re shutting down the government, we’re not going to raise the...
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