Shortly before the cloture vote, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told reporters that after leaving the Democratic meeting, the three-week Continuing Resolution (CR) might even get 70 votes. In the end, the Senate approved the motion to invoke cloture and end debate, 81-18, featuring overwhelming bipartisan support.
One Senate Democratic source told reporters that the CR is “good to go” in the Senate, and revealed that Democrats remain fully aware of the negative polling that suggests that Democrats will take the blame for shutting the government to force a vote on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal aliens. On Twitter;
“I'm told by plugged-in D source that the CR is "good to go" in the Senate, says the caucus has been acutely aware of the "mixed polling" on who takes the blame. 4:10 AM - Jan 23.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) argued on the Senate floor on Monday, “We will vote today to reopen the government, to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement isn’t reached by February the 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA. The process will be neutral and fair to all sides. We expect that a bipartisan bill on DACA will receive fair consideration and an up or down vote on the floor.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the Senate floor on Monday, “I think if we learned anything is that a strategy of shutting down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something that the American people didn’t understand.”
The following is the list of 33 Democrat senators that voted yes to end cloture:
“Balwin, Bennet, Brown, Cantwell, Cardin, Carper, Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Duckworth, Durbin, Hassan, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, King, Klobuchar, Manchin, Mccaskill, Murray, Nelson, Peters, Reed, Schatz, Schumer, Shaheen, Smith, Stabenow, Udall, Van hollen, Warner, and Whitehouse.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), one of the leading Senate Democrats, called illegal immigration the “civil rights issue of our time.”
Illegal alien activists say they are “outraged” after Senate Democrats did not leave the federal government shut down in order to force a deal whereby millions of illegal aliens are given amnesty at the expense of American citizens.
In a protest outside of the U.S Capitol, open borders advocates and illegal alien activists slammed Democrats after they originally shut down the federal government to push amnesty for illegal aliens, but then caved to President Trump and voted to reopen the government without an amnesty attached to the funding bill.
“Today we are outraged,” one illegal alien speaker said. “U.S. Senators of both parties disappointed the nation today when they decided to move forward without a solution for me, for the members of United We Dream, and my little sister.”
“We’re not going to sugarcoat it or spin it,” the illegal alien continued. “Today, immigrant young people continue to be in danger of deportation. They continue to be in detention centers. And there was no solution for us today because Democrats and Republicans decided that it was too politically painful.”
Under the “Gang of Six” amnesty bill led by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Dick Durbin (R-IL), at least 3.5 million illegal aliens enrolled and eligible for DACA would be given amnesty, along with their illegal alien parents who brought them to the country illegally.
Additionally, the Flake-Graham-Durbin amnesty would give 50,000 foreign nationals permanent legal status to remain in the U.S. every year, while not ending the process known as “chain migration” or the Diversity Visa Lottery program.
Currently, newly naturalized citizens are allowed to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. This process is known as chain migration and it has imported more than nine million foreign nationals to the country since 2005, as Breitbart News reported.
In the next two decades, if chain migration is not ended, the legal immigration process will add approximately 7 to 8 million foreign-born voters to the U.S. electorate, Breitbart News revealed.
Likewise, the Visa Lottery, which Trump has demanded an end to, randomly imports 50,000 foreign nationals every year from a multitude of countries, including those with known terrorism problems—such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan.
Most recently, the Visa Lottery made national headlines when it was revealed that suspected ISIS-inspired New York City terrorist, Uzbek national 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, who is accused of murdering at least eight individuals, entered the U.S. in 2010 by winning one of the 50,000 visas randomly allotted in the program.
A Pulse Opinion Research poll conducted this month found that 60 percent of American likely voters wanted to see the Visa Lottery ended. The same poll also found that nearly 60 percent of likely voters want to see chain migration ended as part of any immigration deal.