Democrats in Congress have once again voted against a bill aimed at keeping families together after they illegally cross the border, reforming the immigration process, and bolstering border security.
Not as many House Republicans voted in favor of Wednesday’s bill as they did with last week’s bill, but the number of Democrats voting for this one was exactly the same: zero. According to the Washington Examiner, no House Democrats voted for the measure while 112 Republicans supported it.
The bill would make it possible for children to remain with their parents through the process by putting the entire families in Department of Homeland Security custody rather than Department of Justice custody, according to CBS News. That would allow families to stay together for longer than 20 days. The bill also allocated money to improve the holding facilities for families that criminally cross the border.
Both bills would have also replaced the visa lottery system for legal immigration with a merit-based system.
Conservative Republicans favored last week’s bill, which also included around $25 million for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. They didn’t like this more moderate bill as much because it provided a pathway to citizenship for close to 2 million Dreamers — people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
The more conservative bill would have legalized far fewer Dreamers. It was supported by 193 Republicans last week instead of the 112 Republicans who voted for this week’s bill.
Still, that’s 305 Republican votes for bills that would keep families together versus 0 Democrat votes. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to scream bloody murder at President Trump for separating illegal immigrant families despite the fact that he signed an executive order last week to keep them from being separated and is working on reuniting families that have already been separated, according to CNN.
Democrat leaders’ methods of fixing the problem include other tactics outside fixing border woes in Congress, as Trump has asked them to.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called for members of Trump’s cabinet to be harassed by an angry mob whenever they show up in public, whether eating out, shopping, or trying to fill up their cars with gas.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) participated in a hunger strike aimed at protesting Trump’s border policy, Yahoo! Lifestyle reported. It was part of a celebrity-fueled strike that in intended to only last 24 hours, whether or not anything changes.