White House blames 'Schumer Democrats' for defeat of Trump immigration plan

The White House attacked Democrats on Thursday after the Senate rejected legislation based on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE's immigration plan.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement blaming "Schumer Democrats" after the legislation failed in the Senate in a 39-60 vote. She accused Democrats of not being serious about finding a solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

"Today, the Schumer Democrats in the Senate demonstrated again that they are not serious about DACA, they are not serious about immigration reform, and they are not serious about homeland security," Sanders said, referring to Democratic Leader Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (N.Y.).


"They filibustered a proposal with an extremely generous path to citizenship because it also contained reforms that secured our border and secured our immigration system."

The measure spearheaded by Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyWhite House denies exploring payroll tax cut to offset worsening economy Schumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord GOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation MORE (R-Iowa) needed 60 votes to clear a filibuster in the Senate, but fell well below that mark.

It was the fourth consecutive proposal to be rejected by the Senate on Thursday, and it received the fewest votes. The three other measures each won more than 50 votes in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 seat majority.

Grassley's measure offered a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, many of whom could face deportation beginning in March as the Obama-era DACA program is scaled back. His proposal also provided $25 billion for border security, tougher enforcement and new limits on legal immigration.

The White House indicated that it would back a more hard-line proposal from Reps. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute MORE (R-Va.) and Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTrump moves forward with billion F-16 sale to Taiwan Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China MORE (R-Texas) following the votes Thursday.

"While radical Schumer Democrats align themselves with the open border fringe, the Trump Administration will continue advocating for the American people. The next step will be for the House to continue advancing the proposal from Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman McCaul," the White House said.

Grassley's proposal received the fewest amount of "yes" votes of all four immigration proposals up for vote on Thursday. Earlier in the afternoon, in a 54-45 vote, the Senate also failed to advance legislation advocated by eight Republican, seven Democratic and one Independent senators. That also needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle.

Trump himself called that bill, which Schumer helped write, a "catastrophe" while the White House later threatened to veto the measure if it passed.

"The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be 'the end of immigration enforcement in America,'" Trump tweeted, referring the bill's sponsors, Schumer, Sen. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsThe Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Senate braces for brawl over Trump's spy chief Overnight Defense: Esper sworn in as Pentagon chief | Confirmed in 90-8 vote | Takes helm as Trump juggles foreign policy challenges | Senators meet with woman accusing defense nominee of sexual assault MORE (R-S.D.) and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: Insurance lobby chief calls Biden, Sanders health plans 'similarly bad' | Trump officials appeal drug price disclosure ruling | Study finds 1 in 7 people ration diabetes medicine due to cost Collins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' reelection would go well if she runs Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' MORE (R-Maine).