Democrats have been at the negotiating table from day one, willing to work with Republicans and the administration to solve this crisis. I personally met with President Trump several times to negotiate a solution only to find that hours later he would back away and move the goal posts to the hard right to satisfy his base, demanding an endless list of extreme measures. He even turned down an agreement that would protect Dreamers in exchange for funding one of his biggest campaign promises — the wall on the border with Mexico.
In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans worked together to come up with several bipartisan bills, in which both sides made hard concessions. Democrats even took heat from some of our own for our willingness to compromise, but we were determined to find a solution.