Democrats share the driver’s seat with Trump

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - Paul KaNE, Ed O-KEEfE and aSh­lEy ParKEr The Wash­ing­ton Post

WaSH­InG­tOn demo­cratic law­mak­ers shut out of gover­nance for much of this year now find them­selves at the cen­ter of high-stakes ne­go­ti­a­tions with pres­i­dent don­ald trump that could achieve a prize they have sought for nearly a decade: per­ma­nent le­gal sta­tus for hun­dreds of thou­sands of un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants.

For a small but vo­cal con­tin­gent of democrats, th­ese talks are fraught with peril, largely be­cause of their to­tal dis­trust of a man who be­gan his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign two years ago de­scrib­ing mex­i­can im­mi­grants as rapists.

but for Se­nate mi­nor­ity Leader Charles Schumer, d-n.y., and House mi­nor­ity Leader nancy pelosi, d-Calif., there is lit­tle to lose. If the deal falls apart and trump re­turns to his pat­tern of in­sult-hurl­ing and name-call­ing, the demo­cratic lead­ers will be right where they be­gan - no bet­ter and no worse. and a suc­cess­ful ne­go­ti­a­tion would achieve some­thing they failed to pull off when their party con­trolled both Congress and the White House. It could also serve as a road map for more achieve­ments to come.

“noth­ing ven­tured, noth­ing gained,” Schumer said in an in­ter­view. “We thought we had an op­por­tu­nity to get some­thing good done, and let’s see what hap­pens. We’re very hope­ful that they will keep their word.”

Schumer and pelosi are press­ing ahead with the pres­i­dent’s top ad­vis­ers, hop­ing to reach a deal in a mat­ter of weeks to en­shrine in law an Obama-era ex­ec­u­tive or­der called de­ferred ac­tion for Child­hood ar­rivals that pro­tects from de­por­ta­tion un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants brought to the u.S. as chil­dren. trump has crit­i­cized daCa as ex­ec­u­tive over­reach, but he has also ex­pressed em­pa­thy for the young im­mi­grants it pro­tects.

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