Schumer warns McConnell against immigration ‘breach of trust’

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats wrangle to keep climate priorities in spending bill  Coons says White House could impose border fee for carbon-intensive products The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it MORE (N.Y.) is warning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: Trump's justices look set to restrict abortion Conservatives could force shutdown over Biden vaccine mandate Freedom Caucus urges McConnell to block government funding over vaccine mandates 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 CollinsBiden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo 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 FlakeRubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel Flake, Cindy McCain among latest Biden ambassadors confirmed after delay 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 TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official 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.