Tom Cotton: Democrats ‘Misjudged’ Recent Government Shutdown-For-Amnesty

Washington, D.C.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) says the Democrats are less likely to attempt to shut down the federal government this month in order to demand amnesty for illegal aliens “given how badly they misjudged” the lack of support for such an effort last month.

Last month, Senate Democrats voted to shut down the federal government unless the roughly 12 to 30 million illegal aliens living in the United States were given amnesty and a pathway to U.S. citizenship, as Breitbart News reported.

After a couple of days of the shutdown, Democrats ultimately caved, voting to reopen the federal government without ensuring an expansive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.

In an interview with local media, Cotton said he did not believe Democrats would vote to shut down the federal government once again for an amnesty for illegal aliens because they have realized how unpopular the plan was with American voters.

Cotton said:

You know we had a brief shutdown for a little over two days last month because the Democrats prioritized a no-strings-attached amnesty for illegal immigrants over funding our government and providing services for our citizens. I don’t think the Democrats will want to shut down the government this time given how badly they misjudged the American peoples’ opinion on this matter last time. [Emphasis added]

The Senate and House must vote before February 8 to continue funding the government or risk another shutdown.

As Breitbart News reported, the most recent polling on a shutdown-for-amnesty plan by Democrats revealed how unpopular the plan was with Republican, Independent, and Democrat voters.

Morning Consult/POLITICO poll found that only one in four Americans said they supported shutting down the federal government in order to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Among Democrat voters, only 34 percent at the time said giving amnesty to illegal aliens was “definitely worth” shutting down the government.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.