Schumer warns McConnell against immigration ‘breach of trust’

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (N.Y.) is warning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP, Kavanaugh accuser struggle to reach deal GOP making counteroffer to Kavanaugh accuser The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser's account | Accuser may testify Thursday | Midterm blame game begins MORE (R-Ky.) not to backtrack on a promise to take up immigration legislation next month.

“If he does not honor our agreement, it will be a breach of trust, not only with the Democratic senators but with several members of his own party as well,” Schumer warned.

Schumer has come under fire from fellow Democrats and liberals for ending a three-day government shutdown based on a McConnell promise to take up immigration legislation next month.

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Democrats voted Monday for a three-week spending measure to reopen the government after McConnell promised to bring immigration debate with a “level playing field at the outset and an amendment process that is fair to all sides” after Feb. 8 — if leaders don’t negotiate an immigration deal before then.

Many Democrats, however, don’t think McConnell can be trusted. They say the GOP leader failed to deliver on his promise to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGrassley panel scraps Kavanaugh hearing, warns committee will vote without deal Collins 'appalled' by Trump tweet about Kavanaugh accuser Poll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it MORE (R-Maine) on bringing up legislation to shore up ObamaCare’s individual market by the end of 2017. They are also hailing McConnell’s commitment, unmet so far, to Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGrassley panel scraps Kavanaugh hearing, warns committee will vote without deal Coulter mocks Kavanaugh accuser: She'll only testify 'from a ski lift' Poll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it MORE (R-Ariz.) to move an immigration bill in January.

McConnell told Flake he would move a bill to help an estimated 800,000 immigrants known as "Dreamers" “if negotiators reach an agreement on these matters by the end of January.”

A bipartisan group of negotiators reached a deal to protect immigrants who came to the country illegally as children from deportation but McConnell did not move the bill because President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE opposed it, as did many members of his own conference.

Schumer said that leaders have only 16 days until government funding runs out again to craft an immigration agreement, after which McConnell has promised an open floor debate.

He said he believes there is now enough political will in the Senate to pass a bill before the March 5 deadline Trump set after rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.

“I am more hopeful today than last week that we can assemble 60 votes for a DACA bill in the Senate and we now have a real pathway to get such a bill through the Senate,” Schumer said.