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 TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing 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 SchumerCongress: Americans in Puerto Rico still need our help Airbnb is doing the Democrats' dirty work Protecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress 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 GrassleyGrassley to hold drug pricing hearing Overnight Health Care: HHS chief refuses to testify on family separations | Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices | PhRMA spends record on lobbying in 2018 Congress should stop tariff power grab, bring balance to US trade policy 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 GoodlatteHouse GOP probe into FBI, DOJ comes to an end Murkowski to reintroduce bill to help abused Native American women FBI hits GOP chairman over push to clear sensitive transcripts by Christmas Eve MORE (R-Va.) and Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulRichard Overton, America's oldest living WWII vet and man, dies at 112 Inside the Trump-Congress Christmas meltdown DHS to make migrants wait in Mexico while asylum claims processed 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 RoundsGrassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  Senators look for possible way to end shutdown MORE (R-S.D.) and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight Trump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World MORE (R-Maine).