Today, Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on the Senate’s 81-18 vote to end the three-day old government shutdown, with 33 Democrats joining 48 Republicans to fund the government under a continuing resolution until February 8 in exchange for a promise from Republican leaders to address the fate of Dreamers:
“This deal was morally reprehensible and political malpractice.
It’s Senator Schumer’s job to keep his caucus together and fight for progressive values. He failed in that today.
Republicans have consistently negotiated in bad faith, demonstrating that they have no interest in actually protecting Dreamers. And for months, Democratic leadership has reassured Dreamers that Democrats would use all their leverage to get the Dream Act done. They caved in early September, but promised to use their leverage in early December. They caved in early December, but promised to use their leverage by the end of the year. They caved at the end of the year, but they promised to use their leverage in January. And now they caved again, but promised to use their leverage in February. Democrats clearly want to keep Dreamers as a talking point, but they need to grow a spine and actually fight for the Dream Act.
There are exceptions. Indivisible is extremely proud of those senators [including both Senators Warren and Markey] who followed through on that commitment today, including Democratic Senators running for reelection. These are profiles in courage – true leaders who deserve the support of Indivisibles in their states and across the country.
The big blue wave that Schumer hopes will make him Senate Majority Leader in 2019 will not build itself. This weekend, millions of Americans literally took to the streets. They weren’t asking their Senators to cave to Trump’s racist, xenophobic agenda. They were asking their Senators to fight. Instead, Schumer led his caucus to surrender, demoralizing his base and ensuring more Dreamers will be deported before this is resolved.
Our message to Dreamers and their families: Indivisible is fighting with you. We’ve been honored to fight beside you and follow the lead of brave activists who have put their bodies on the line. Indivisible groups in every state are committed to fighting until everyone is here to stay.”