364 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes into the Trump Administration, the government shut down.
Just before midnight Friday, the Senate voted 50-49 on the continuing resolution to keep the government funded for a few more weeks (remember when we did this in December, too?). But this vote required 60 votes to pass — that means it failed because Republicans couldn’t put forth legislation that could pass with the required votes from Republicans and Democrats.
In the entire history of our country, the government has NEVER shut down when one party controlled the Congress and the White House. It’s called “governing,” and apparently the GOP government can’t do it.
How did we get here?
Trump launched an attack on Dreamers. In September, Trump announced he was unilaterally ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that provides deportation relief and job permits for 800,000 young immigrants after an extensive (and expensive!) application and vetting process. When he rescinded DACA, Trump created a crisis that only his party could fix.
A week later, Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer met with Trump to strike a deal to fund the government until December, promising that Dreamers would be protected by that time. No deal was passed to protect Dreamers at that time and they kicked the can to January.
Last week, Trump and other Republicans blew up an existing bipartisan agreement to avert a shutdown, in service to their most racist ideas about America. This happened just one day after Trump said he would sign whatever agreement Congress sent him. Not once in the ongoing budget negotiations did Republicans put forward legislation that could pass both of the chambers of Congress… that they control! It’s clear that after months of negotiations to protect Dreamers, Democrats are working with a President that is negotiating in bad faith.
Now that Republicans just shut down the government over Trump’s bigoted agenda, here’s what you can do to take action:
- Visit DreamerPledge.org to read our latest analysis. Find out if your members of Congress (MoCs) were Dream Heroes or Dream Killers in December. If your Senator was a hero, thank them for their vote and demand they stay strong. If they voted to deport Dreamers, tell them you want them to re-open the government with legislation that protects Dreamers.
- Call your Senators using our toll-free line at 1-855-980-2355. Use our Dream Hero call script if your Senator voted to protect Dreamers. And use our Dream Killer call script if your Senator voted to fund the government without protecting Dreamers. You’ll be prompted for your zip code and immediately connected to one of your Senators. Call back again and you’ll be connected to your other Senator!
- Organize an action at Congressional offices. Thanks to the GOP’s recklessness, Congressional offices around the country are shut down as long as the government is closed. This is a concrete symbol of Trump’s failure. We’re calling for actions at offices around the country to call out Republicans for failing to do their jobs, and thank Democrats for keeping their promises to Dreamers. Get the kit to organize an action and register your event here!
Immigrant youth have waited too long for a permanent solution to the crisis created by Trump’s vicious deportation agenda and terrible deal-making. 122 Dreamers lose their protection every day, and more than 16,000 have lost their DACAmented status since September. Dreamers’ lives shouldn’t be in limbo because Republicans can’t govern.
Republicans caused this shutdown. And it’s their responsibility to fix this mess by voting on bipartisan legislation—that we know will pass both chambers of Congress—to protect Dreamers and end the Trump Shutdown.