As a government shutdown looms over Democrats’ demand for amnesty for 800,000 so-called DREAMers, illegal aliens brought to the country by their parents when they were children, the Democratic leader in the Senate said in 2013 that doing just that would be “chaos.”
Democrats warning that Republicans are to be blamed in a government shutdown over refusing to give in to liberal immigration demands gave a much different argument in the 2013 shutdown when they dubbed GOP leaders “legislative arsonists” for demanding Obamacare changes in exchange for keeping the government open.
In 2013, Republicans sought changes to Obamacare in the shutdown fight and were accused of hurting people by refusing to budge during the 16-day closure. In the 2018 shutdown fight, Democrats are seeking protection for some 700,000 illegal immigrants granted protection by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
But in 2013, when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz led a filibuster that temporarily shutdown the government over spending issues, Schumer was singing a different tune about the idea of blocking funding over immigration.
“The basic line is: No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn’t hold millions of people hostage. That’s what the other side is doing. That’s wrong and we can’t give in to that,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer.
“I call them ‘legislative arsonists,’” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “They’re there to burn down what we should be building up in terms of investments and education and scientific research, and all that it is that makes our country great and competitive,” she added.