Democrats push amnesty, threaten shutdown

Spending bill in jeopardy over ‘DREAMers’

— Congressional Democrats are threatening to block a federal government spending bill if they don’t get their way on amnesty for illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as children.

And while Democrats are the one’s threatening the shutdown, at least one local Republican is pushing to “fast-track” efforts to keep so-called “DREAMers” from being deported beginning next spring.

“DREAMers” refers to children that would have been protected by the failed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.

On Nov. 9, 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, was among 14 Republicans participating in a press conference on preventing deportations of “DREAMers” after President Trump lifted the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” executive order.

Commonly referred to as DACA, former President Obama’s order provided a temporary amnesty for children here illegally.

That amnesty expires in March, following Trump’s lifting of the Obama order that violated federal law.

Newhouse has not supported a government shutdown over the issue, but has indicated he may be open to Democrats demands to attach a new child amnesty law to the federal spending plan before the federal government runs out of money Dec. 8.

The press conference was not the first time Newhouse has taken a pro-DACA stance. In a Sept. 1, letter, Newhouse joined nine others saying it would be “wrong” to “subject these individuals to deportation.”

Newhouse’s statements could put him on the hotseat when the spending bill comes up for a vote, if any amnesty is attached.

Eastern Washington’s 5th District representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, could, too. In a Sept. 5 statement, she wrote, “we must protect children who are already here.”

The constituents of both the 4th and 5th Congressional Districts — most of Eastern Washington — overwhelming supported Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election, in part because Trump vowed to curtail illegal immigration and expand deportations.

Trump won the 4th District with 57.9 percent and the 5th District with 52.2 percent of the vote.


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