Chuck Schumer thought he laid the perfect trap for Donald Trump.
He thought he had moved all the pieces into the proper position to force him to accept amnesty.
But his big threat just blew up in his face.
Schumer and the Democrats shut down the government in a bid to jam Trump and the GOP into accepting amnesty for illegal aliens without any of the President’s pro-America immigration reforms or money for the border wall.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to an open immigration debate.
But when the time came to begin the process, Democrats filibustered every immigration bill – including their own amnesty legislation.
Schumer says he objected to McConnell's request to consider the Toomey amdt & launch immigration bill debate this afternoon. But objected because it "does not address the underlying issues of this debate. It doesn't address DREAMers nor does it address border security
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 13, 2018
In case you didn’t think Congress was absurd before, Senate Democrats are now filibustering the open immigration debate they asked for, and are refusing to put their bill on the floor.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 13, 2018
Trump rallied Senate Republicans around legislation he supported.
The Secure and Succeed Act would fund $25 billion toward the border wall and eliminate chain migration and the diversity lottery.
In exchange, so-called “DREAMers” would receive protected status over the course of 12 years.
This legislation is popular.
A Harvard-Harris poll showed 79 percent of Americans supported merit based immigration as opposed to chain migration.
68 percent supported ending the diversity lottery.
Democrats realized they were in a bind.
Axios reports Trump will veto any of the Democrats amnesty legislation:
“A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL SAID TUESDAY NIGHT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP “WILL VETO ANY BILL THAT DOESN’T ADVANCE HIS COMMON-SENSE IMMIGRATION REFORMS” — A HARDENING OF THE WHITE HOUSE BARGAINING POSITION AS THE SENATE BEGINS AN EPIC DEBATE …
IN DISCUSSING THE WHITE HOUSE’S STRATEGIC THINKING, THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ASSERTED CONFIDENCE ON IMMIGRATION, SAYING DEMOCRATS WHO RESIST TRUMP’S APPROACH WILL “BE WALKING INTO A POLITICAL SUICIDE MARCH.”
THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL SAID: “THE WHITE HOUSE HAS CLAIMED THE MAINSTREAM, MIDDLE GROUND ON IMMIGRATION.”
That makes the Secure and Succeed Act the only viable immigration reform bill.
If Democrats support the bill, they will enrage their fringe base which deems any restrictions on flooding America with illegal immigrants as “white supremacy.”
So rather than start a losing debate, Schumer filibustered all immigration legislation.
But even this was a losing strategy.
So Schumer backed off his blockade and allowed the immigration debate to proceed.
Trump and the GOP hold all the cards.
Congress will only pass what he is willing to sign.
Schumer badly misplayed his hand and is now walking into a buzz saw.