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 ReedOvernight Defense: Pentagon lists construction projects at risk from emergency declaration | Officials deny report on leaving 1,000 troops in Syria | Spy budget request nears B Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget MORE (R.I.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDems introduce bill requiring disclosure of guest logs from White House, Trump properties Sanders announces first staff hires in Iowa, New Hampshire McConnell works to freeze support for Dem campaign finance effort MORE (R.I.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperDems introduce bill requiring disclosure of guest logs from White House, Trump properties Lobbying world Koch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority MORE (Del.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowChris Evans talks NATO, Marvel secrets on Capitol Hill Overnight Health Care: Senators grill drug execs over high prices | Progressive Dems unveil Medicare for all bill | House Dems to subpoena Trump officials over family separations Senators grill drug execs over high prices 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.
 
 
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 CornynCornyn shrugs off Trump criticism of 'SNL' GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers Julian Castro hints at brother Joaquin's Senate run 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."