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Senate Majority Sen. Mitch McConnell is blaming the shutdown on the Democrats’ enthusiasm for “illegal immigration,” suggesting that he recognizes the public’s hostility to the Democrats’ no-strings amnesty push.
“Extreme elements of their base want illegal immigration to crowd out every other priority,” McConnell said during an early morning speech (watch from 12:00) in the Senate, January 19. “Apparently, they believe the issue of illegal immigration is more important than everything else — all the government services the American people depend on.”
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Voters “will see which Senators vote to shove aside veterans, military families, and vulnerable children to hold the entire country hostage until we pass an immigration bill they have not even written yet,’ McConnel continued. “This is completely unfair and uncompassionate.”
The tougher language suggests that the GOP leaders are willing to include the issue in their 2018 campaigns, despite opposition from business lobbyists and some business-first Senators in their own ranks, including Sen. Cory Gardner, who is the GOP’s campaign manager for the 2018 election.
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The language complements the morning tweet from President Donald Trump, which shows the President also wants to portray the Democrats as favoring illegal immigrants.
Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer also has polling data which show the Democrats lose if the public blames the shutdown on the Democrats’ push for amnesty. The Washington Post reported January 18:
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But the public view shifts if voters think the government is shuttering because of the immigration issue, particularly in five states that Trump won in 2018 by overwhelming margins and where Democratic senators face reelection in November: Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.
In those five states, voters split the shutdown blame evenly between Trump and Democrats. That result shifts, 48 percent to 39 percent, onto Democratic shoulders if the DACA issue is what led to the shutdown.
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