Democrats block vote on sanctuary cities

The Washington Times | 2/8/2018 | Staff
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Democrats blocked a vote Tuesday on cracking down on sanctuary cities as the first day of the immigration debate began with a whimper.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer said debating sanctuary cities would be getting off “on the wrong foot,” insisting this week’s floor fight should only be about illegal immigrant “Dreamers” and border security.

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Democrats had begged for a “fair” process to debate immigration, but are now worried about just how wide-ranging that debate will be, and are trying to shape the amendments that will be offered.

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“The clock is ticking,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

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He tried to make the first amendment up for debate a proposal by Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, that would strip some federal economic development grants from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation authorities.

Mr. McConnell said Democrats could then offer whatever amendment they wished as the second vote.

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Mr. Schumer objected, saying he only wants a narrow range of discussions and sanctuary cities is beyond that.

“It doesn’t address Dreamers, nor does it address border security,” he said.

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