Dems take over Senate floor to protest end of DACA

Democrats are holding the Senate floor into Wednesday night to protest the Trump administration to end a key Obama-era immigration program. 

President Trump sparked ire from Democrats and some Republicans when his administration announced Tuesday it would phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed roughly 800,000 immigrants brought into the country as children to remain legally. 
 
 
"It's a cold political calculation, and those with money and power have used it time and time and time again to keep us fighting with each other, fighting over religion, fighting over race," she said from the Senate floor. "[Trump] is failing in his basic moral duty to protect these people." 
 
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned Trump's decision will "rip apart families" and likely have "devastating" economic consequences. 
 
"If we don't see a clean DREAM Act in September. We, as the minority here, are prepared to attach it to legislative vehicles in the fall until it passes. These 'Dreamers' are Americans in their hearts. They ought to become Americans in the books of law as well," he said. 
 
Democrats are expected to hold the Senate floor until at least 10 p.m. 
 
Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedRepublicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases Top Armed Services Democrat scolds military leaders on Trump's intervention in war crimes cases MORE (R.I.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseRepublicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows to push for Paris climate goals | Senate confirms Brouillette to succeed Perry at Energy | EPA under attack from all sides over ethanol rule Pelosi: Congress has 'iron-clad' commitment to climate crisis MORE (R.I.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperLobbying World Overnight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Democrats give Warren's 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder MORE (Del.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowGOP set for all-out battle over Michigan Senate seat Overnight Energy: EPA delays board's review of 'secret science' rules | Keystone pipeline spill affecting more land than thought | Dems seek probe into Forest Service grants tied to Alaska logging Democrats ask for investigation of Forest Service grant related to logging in Tongass National Forest MORE (Mich.) have also spoken during the DACA talk-a-thon. 
 
Democrats are demanding that Senate Republicans hold a vote on the DREAM Act this month—a move GOP leadership has dismissed as unlikely.
 
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) added lawmakers should stop "playing with their lives." 
 
"This decision to end DACA without first ensuring that young people have legal protection is why we are demanding a vote on the DREAM Act as soon as possible," she said from the Senate floor. 
 
The DREAM Act would allow people brought to the United States illegally as children to continue to live and work freely in the country, similar to DACA.
 
Democrats have previously used Senate floor speeches, paired with social media, to try to build support ahead of legislative fights. Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSupreme Court poised to hear first major gun case in a decade Protecting the future of student data privacy: The time to act is now Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban MORE (D-Ill.) is hosting a Facebook Live event with Democratic senators, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work MORE (D-Calif.), to overlap with the floor action. 
 
But Democrats would need GOP support to attach the proposal to any bill in the Senate. 
 
Republicans, while saying they are sympathetic to immigrants currently covered by DACA, want to tie any bill to a push to bolster border security. 
 
"I think this does provide Congress an opportunity to address this matter, but I also think it would be a mistake for Congress not to do more to regain the public's confidence when it comes to border security and enforcement of the law," Sen. John CornynJohn CornynPush to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial GOP senators warn Trump trade deal will go into 2020 if deal not reached this week MORE (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters on Wednesday. 
 
The Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on next week on "the Long-term Impact of Immigration: Exploring Reforms to our Nation’s Guest Worker Programs and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and their Potential Impact on the American Economy and Local Communities."