The federal government shutdown ended Monday with a tentative bipartisan agreement to find a solution to replace Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Daniel Gitterman, a UNC public policy professor, said the shutdown was a result of a filibuster by U.S. Senate Democrats demanding the opportunity for a DACA replacement to reach the Senate floor.
“It appears that there was an agreement made between the majority and the minority leaders — U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer — that McConnell would take up immigration legislation in the future,” Gitterman said.
A White House press release called the closure the “Schumer Shutdown." The statement, released Jan. 19, placed responsibility on the shoulders of Senate Democrats, blaming them for holding citizens hostage in order to negotiate a solution for DREAMers.
“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown,” the press release said. “Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators.”