Trump: Dems 'totally abandoned' 'Dreamers'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE on Friday accused Democrats of abandoning young immigrants after the Senate rejected three separate immigration bills a day earlier.

"Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats...totally abandoned!" Trump tweeted, referring to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "Republicans are still working hard."

 

The president's tweet came a day after senators rejected three proposals that would have resolved the fate of the "Dreamers" — young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

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DACA temporarily shielded Dreamers from deportation and gave them permission to work in the U.S. But Trump rescinded the program in September, giving lawmakers until March 5 to work out a legislative fix for the program recipients.

But three bills that sought to address the matter were voted down in the Senate on Thursday.

The measure that received the most votes was a centrist compromise bill, which would have established a path to citizenship for Dreamers while setting aside roughly $25 billion for Trump's proposed border wall. That bill got 54 votes — six short of the 60 it needed to avoid a fillibuster and pass.

Trump, however, refused to back any proposal other than his own, which was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyHigh stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech MORE (R-Iowa). That measure would have created a pathway to citizenship for the Dreamers but also sought to curb legal immigration. It received only 39 votes in the Senate.