As the longest government shutdown in American history rages on, it’s becoming clearer that Democrats refuse to compromise is what’s prolonging it. As Kayleigh McEnany pointed out, it was only five years ago that 54 Senate Democrats voted in favor of doubling a portion of a southern barrier with Mexico, ending chain migration, ending the diversity visa lottery, and spending $40 billion on border security (seven times the $5.7 billion Trump is currently asking for, and roughly double the money needed to build a complete border wall).
To end the shutdown, in exchange for a 3-year extension for DACA recipients Trump is demanding:
$805 million for drug detection technology
2,750 new border agents
75 new immigration judge teams to help with a 900,000 case backlog
$5.7 billion for “strategic deployment of physical barriers, or, a wall”
The three-year extension on DACA appears to be Trump offering Democrats a bet on the 2020 presidential election, as Democrats will only be able to offer DACA recipients anything in three years if they hold the Presidency.
While Democrats have had no problem voting for border security in the past, that’s changed in the Trump era. The only exception came last year when the “walls don’t work” crowd voted in favor of an Omnibus bill that included funding for border security towards Jordan’s wall (to protect against ISIS), but I suppose nobody actually bothered to read the bill regardless.
Democrats could end the shutdown anytime they want, but in the meantime, they’ve already cost the country more than Trump is currently demanding towards the wall.