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31 Senate Democrats Voted With Republicans To Reopen The Government Without A DACA Deal

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Thirty-one Senate Democrats joined Republicans in voting to end the government shutdown, with a final vote of 81-18. The budget will be sent to the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to pass. The measure will fund the government for three weeks.

Democratic supporters and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are disappointed in the vote. The shutdown was supposed to force Republicans to vote on protections for DACA recipients. During the shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he offered President Trump the funding he wants for the border wall. That deal was in exchange for protecting young undocumented people in the U.S. However, they couldn’t come to an agreement.

Despite not reaching a deal with Trump or the Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats largely joined their Republican counterparts to reopen the government with the only concession from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell being a promise to vote on protection for DACA recipients in a few weeks.

“It would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security, and related issues as well as disaster relief, defense funding, health care, and other important matters,” McConnell told the press, according to Huffington Post. “It would be my strong preference for the Senate to consider a proposal that can actually be signed into law, a bipartisan, bicameral group is already negotiating, and I look forward to completion of its work.”

Members of the DACA community feel betrayed by Senate Democrats.

Erika Andiola, the former press secretary for Bernia Sanders, is one of the 800,000 people who have benefited from the DACA program and fought for a pathway to citizenship that doesn’t exist. A vote on The Dream Act would create that pathway to for hundreds of thousands of people like her.

And fellow Democratic politicians are skeptical of the “deal” that was made for the vote.

Both California senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris voted against reopening the government without protections for the DACA community. Senate Democrats and DACA recipients now have to believe that McConnell will bring a vote on DACA in the near future. Some Senate Democrats do not believe this will happen.

“I don’t believe he made any commitment whatsoever and I think it would be foolhardy to believe that he made a commitment,” Harris told Huffington Post.

If you want to see how your senators voted in today’s government shutdown vote, you can click here.

(H/T: Huffington Post)


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Vicente Fox Wants To Remind Everyone That Mexico Propped The U.S. Up During World War II

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Vicente Fox Wants To Remind Everyone That Mexico Propped The U.S. Up During World War II

He still refuses to pay for that “f%^&ing wall.”

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox recently joined Jordan Klepper on his new show “The Opposition” and, of course, it started with the wall. Fox reiterated once again that he is “not paying for the fucking wall.” Like usual, the line received a lot of fanfare as Klepper’s fans cheered for Fox. Klepper quickly asked Fox if President Trump was right when he mentioned that some Mexicans are good people. Fox took the opportunity to give Klepper a little history lesson about how Mexicans kept the U.S. afloat during World War II.

“Please, let me tell you about Mexico and Mexicans. They are the most respectful and hardworking, decent people that have contributed to the greatness of this nation,” Fox says. “Just remember right after World War II when the United States didn’t have enough labor because they had to go to war and soldiers went to Europe. Mexico was invited to send 2 million Mexicans that took over the factories, the work, the services that were needed here in the United States.”

Fox is referencing the Bracero Program, which was implemented via executive order in 1942. The order allowed for millions of Mexicans to come to the U.S. and work the jobs left behind by U.S. soldiers in the war. Mexican nationals came to the U.S. and worked jobs at pay rates below what most Americans were being paid and their contracts were only for 3/4 of the time.

Despite Mexicans propping up the U.S. economy during World War II, President Eisenhower implemented Operation Wetback. Operation Wetback was used to detain and deport all the people in the U.S. under the Bracero Program. President Trump touted this as a good example of mass deportation in 2015 during a debate, but the reality of this is much more grim.

According to the LA Times, close to 300,000 Mexican nationals were apprehended by immigration officials and sent back. However, some estimates range as high as 1.3 million. The mass deportation of Mexican nationals during Operation Wetback led to numerous deaths as a result of the inhumane tactics used. Immigration officials were detaining people with such fervor that some U.S. citizens were also detained and deported.

It is that dark and sad history that has convinced Fox to stay vocal against President Trump. Fox admits that some of his language is not okay for a president to use. But he reminds Klepper that he is a former president so he can use that language.


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