Schumer warns McConnell against immigration ‘breach of trust’

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDon’t look for House GOP to defy Trump on border wall GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE (N.Y.) is warning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Trump selects Kelly Craft for United Nations ambassador Union leader says Green New Deal would make infrastructure bill ‘absolutely impossible’ 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 CollinsGraham: 'Handful' of GOP senators will vote to block Trump's emergency declaration Dems set up Tuesday vote to block Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report — Emergency declaration to test GOP loyalty to Trump 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 FlakePoll: 33% of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union 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 TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border 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.