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 TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election 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 SchumerChuck Schumer'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium Overnight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates National Organization for Women calls for Cuomo resignation 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyAxne endorses Finkenauer Senate bid in Iowa Seven-figure ad campaign urges GOP to support infrastructure bill Biden names new watchdog at finance agency after embattled IG departs 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 GoodlatteThe job of shielding journalists is not finished Bottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden MORE (R-Va.) and Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory Afghan evacuees to be housed at Virginia base Passport backlog threatens to upend travel plans for millions of Americans 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 RoundsMike RoundsSeven-figure ad campaign urges GOP to support infrastructure bill Graham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate White House cyber chief backs new federal bureau to track threats MORE (R-S.D.) and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Schumer: Democrats 'on track' to pass bipartisan deal, .5T budget MORE (R-Maine).