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This afternoon the Senate is turning to DACA and immigration, beginning with a “motion to proceed” vote. The burden is on Republicans to fix the mess that Donald Trump made on #DACA, as a majority of Americans want them to. [Thread]
Remember, we got here because Donald Trump ended the DACA program back in Sept. And 20,000 DACA recipients have already lost their protections as a result. He then rejected a bipartisan agreement reached by @SenatorDurbin and @LindseyGrahamSC, because it wasn’t racist enough.
So here we are — in an open debate on immigration with a Republican-controlled Congress. If you care about immigrants and #Dreamers, you should be worried. And while we all want relief for Dreamers, we can’t and won’t take just any deal.
Process: Democrats and Republicans plan to offer a series of amendments to a “shell bill,” each encapsulating some version of a #DACA fix or possibly a way for Rs to further attack immigrants. They will vote on each of these to see whether any can get 60 votes.
Immigration advocates and progressives are demanding a vote on a #CleanDreamAct. Some Democrats are reluctant because if it fails, they think it might harm its chances long term...except…

THE DREAM ACT WAS INTRODUCED 17 YEARS AGO! So this argument makes little sense to me...
A #cleanDreamAct is what we want, so we should vote on it — instead of negotiating with ourselves before we even start the debate. Plus, we want to make clear where Dems stand on this issue, not help Rs by moderating the bill for them.
But there ARE red lines. Immigration advocates and progressives have made it clear what those are and are asking @SenSchumer and Democrats to respect them.
Immigration groups have made it clear to @SenSchumer and @dickdurbin that changes to legal/family migration and to the diversity visa program SHOULD NOT be on the table. Additional enforcement is also a nonstarter.
There are only “two pillars” that we can accept in this debate: immediate relief for Dreamers and reasonable border security. (And a border wall ain’t reasonable.)
Democrats should NOT offer an amendment that goes beyond Dream and border. That would be a violation of the red lines clearly laid out by immigration advocates. I also don’t see the logic — why make it easier for Republicans to pass a bill we don’t want?
And every Democrat should also oppose the extreme, nativist proposals on the Republican side. They should vote against Grassley’s Secure and Succeed Act — which goes beyond even the extreme WH plan.
Every Democrat should also vote against the Flake bill, which violates the red lines laid out by advocates, and also vote against attacks against sanctuary cities. They shouldn't negotiate on any of this. Period.
We all want relief for #Dreamers, as do a majority of Americans. Republicans have the power to do the right thing, and without holding Dreamers hostage. If they refuse to fix the issue, we expect Democrats to hold the line by not agreeing to bad deals. End/

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Sep 13, 2018
1/8. As another hurricane inches closer to our shores, we've recently learned that the Trump Administration diverted $10M from FEMA so that it can hold more immigrant families in cages. #familiesbelongtogetherANDFREE…
2. This is a big deal and signals what the Trump Admin cares -- and doesn't care -- about. It cares more about separating, detaining, and deporting immigrant families than it does the health and safety of our communities, than it does responding to natural disasters.
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Update: @SenSchumer just used procedural tools to (briefly) delay Kavanaugh hearings. This might seem like Schumer is fighting to #StopKanavaugh, but it's *not* the most important thing he could be doing if he wanted to win this fight.… 1/
To recap, Democrats have few tools when they're in the minority to stop bad bills or nominees from moving forward. But one tool at their disposal is "withholding consent". Here's our explainer on it:… 2/
That's exactly what Schumer did today -- he withheld consent on McConnell's request to continue with the Kavanaugh hearing beyond the time allowed. Normally, we'd applaud this kind of resistance. 3/
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Excited to hear about how Trump is making us less safe every single day. #NN18 @_ElizabethRB @SPMiles42 @wardahkhalid_ @Jenkinsbd @manaro_77 #TrumpThreatLevel
"Donald Trump in and of himself is a national security threat." @SPMiles42 #TrumpThreatLevel
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To every MoC (or candidate!) who isn't speaking out against Trump's new family separation policy, I remind you of this quote:

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis preserve their neutrality.” #FamiliesBelongTogether 1/
This quote seems now to have been written specifically with Trump-era America in mind: From the #MuslimBan to taking healthcare from millions to ripping children away from parents at the border, our great moral crisis continues.

Yet, too many MoCs continue to remain silent. 2/
Still, it’s hard to imagine something any more cruel and grotesque than what the Trump White House is doing now to families at the U.S. border. 3/
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The Senate has begun considering the #BankLobbyistAct, which will make it more likely that we have a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. This is a core part of the Republican agenda: siding with big banks, corporations, and the wealthy, at the expense of the rest of us. [Thread]
Mitch McConnell, Republicans, and Donald Trump don’t care about the enormous risk this creates for our country and for American families. That’s not surprising. What is surprising is that Democrats are pushing the #BankLobbyistAct over the finish line.
We’re seeing something that we often see from Democratic leadership — that might only be obvious to you if you’ve worked on the Hill or have covered the Hill. Dem leadership might be ostensibly opposed to this bill, but is LETTING this bill pass. Here’s how.
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Jan 10, 2018
Breaking: federal judge has granted a pretrial injunction on Trump's rescission of the #DACA program. Here's what it means. (Thread)
The US government MUST accept DACA renewals, which means those whose DACA protections are expiring soon, or has already expired, may apply for renewal.
Remember, the Trump administration eliminated the DACA program and stopped accepting renewals a couple of months ago.
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