On Capitol Hill, the Senate has voted to end the government shutdown, after Democratic lawmakers capitulated on the demand that any spending deal include a resolution on DACA—that’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Instead, a slew of centrist Democrats abandoned their promise to the nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants whose protections President Trump ended last fall, and joined Republicans in voting to pass a short-term spending deal to fund the government through February 8. On Monday, DACA recipients slammed the move.
Karina Velasco: “My name is Karina Velasco. Today, a continued resolution was passed without a Clean DREAM Act attached to it. And I feel very disappointed by that, very disappointed by the fact that our politicians did not continue to support us. Some of the American people, some of our politicians blame us, the DACA recipients, the DREAMers, for the government shutdown. However, we are not responsible for a shutdown. The Republicans and the Democrats, who didn’t have the backbone to support a Clean DREAM Act, are the ones to blame for a government shutdown.”