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White House Releases Statement on Immigration Reform Failure, Blames ‘Schumer Democrats’

Congress seems no closer this week to passing any sort of bipartisan immigration reform, with a debate on the subject ending in the failure to create a bill. Though President Donald Trump threatened to veto bipartisan legislation, the White House is blaming lack of movement on the issue on “Schumer Democrats,” referring, of course, to Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer.

Below is the statement, via The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein.

This official statement from the White House accused Democrats of siding “with an extreme fringe,” suggesting they are being “held hostage by the radical left.”

“Today, the Schumer Democrats demonstrated again that they are not serious about DACA, they are not serious about immigration reform, and they are not serious about homeland security,” the statement reads. “While radical Schumer Democrats align themselves with the open border fringe, the Trump administration will continue advocating for the American people.”

Trump’s proposed amendment, which he made clear would be the only thing he would accept, received the least votes of anything that passed in front of lawmakers today, failing by 39-60. The bipartisan plan, despite Trump’s veto threat, came closest to passage, stalling at 54-45.

“I think it’s safe to say this has been a disappointing week,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the floor after the failed votes.

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