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Thomas Gallatin / Jun. 20, 2018

Dems Cynically Leverage Immigration Crisis

Schumer resists any legislative compromise, while relishing that GOP is “feeling the heat.”

Supposedly, Democrats care so much for the plight of children that they will do anything in their power to help them — so long as it works in furthering their political agenda and election prospects. As we noted Monday, Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media have fomented hyperbolic angst over President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration-enforcement policy, alleging that it is a moral crisis. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow even went for an Oscar nomination with her pathetic tearful acting job. Democrats point to the children of illegal aliens being temporarily separated from their parents and demand that Trump fix the issue by returning to Barack Obama’s lawless catch-and-release policy. And they are absolutely unwilling to seek any compromise with congressional Republicans on developing a legislative solution.

“There’s no need for legislation. There’s no need for anything else,” insisted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at a press conference Tuesday, making it crystal clear that, for Democrats, this is all about the midterm elections. When questioned as to why Democrats were unwilling to work with Republicans on a legislative solution to end the controversial policy of separating children from their parents at the border, Schumer blamed the legislative process itself. “Well, there are so many obstacles to legislation,” he said, “and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense.” Schumer then revealed his true motivation: “[Republicans] are feeling the heat. Republicans are saying how bad this is. … They are the ones feeling the heat on this issue, and that’s why they’re squirming.”

Essentially, he’s saying, Grab the popcorn and watch.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) proposed legislation that would solve nothing and only further incentivize illegal immigration. Schumer obviously realizes that this one-sided bill has no chance with Republicans, thus his comments about eschewing Republicans’ proposed legislative fix. For Democrats, Hot Air’s Allahpundit asserts, “Any compromise would likely require ending catch-and-release for families and that’s the red line for liberals. Child separation is bad. Reducing illegal immigration is really bad.”

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