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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction 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 SchumerDem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference Pelosi: Barr press briefing a 'staggering partisan effort' 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 GrassleyOn The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost The 7 most interesting nuggets from the Mueller report Government report says new NAFTA would have minimal impact on economy 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 GoodlatteTop Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling MORE (R-Va.) and Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulLawmakers join musical stars to celebrate Grammys on the Hill DCCC opens Texas office to protect House pickups, target vulnerable GOP seats GOP, Dems balk at latest Trump foreign aid cuts 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 RoundsGOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump On The Money: Wells Fargo CEO steps down | Trump vows to keep funding for Special Olympics | House panel approves marijuana banking bill | Controversial Fed pick gains support in Senate Controversial Fed pick gains support in GOP Senate MORE (R-S.D.) and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Collins backs having Mueller testify Graham says he's 'not interested' in Mueller testifying MORE (R-Maine).