Washington, DC - The shutdown of our government was an artificial, manufactured crisis with an issue, DACA extension, which was completely extraneous to funding the government. It was both unnecessary and unacceptable. I am glad to see that Senator Schumer’s Democrats have ended their political maneuvering and hope that now they will begin to work constructively to enact meaningful and long-term funding legislation which eliminates these repeated Continuing Resolutions.
Securing our borders, fixing our broken visa system, and eliminating the diversity lottery and “chain migration” are critical national imperatives which must accompany any extension of the unconstitutional program known as DACA. I hope that sincere negotiations will produce needed improvements in our immigration system, like these, and that government funding will not be used as leverage in the process.