A throng of demonstrators congregated in front of the entrance to Disneyland in California on Monday to protest the government’s lack of progress in negotiating a permanent form of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is set to expire in March and faces strict opposition from much of the GOP.
Many of the protesters who turned out were DACA recipients themselves, so-called Dreamers who were brought into the country illegally as children and face deportation unless a deal is struck between Republicans and Democrats.
Although the protest was small, only involving 15 protesters, they managed to block buses from entering Disneyland, the Los Angeles Times reported. It was not long before law enforcement officers removed them from the position and directed them to a sidewalk, where they continued chanting slogans.
“The group is only about 20 people, who have been peaceful,” Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said. “Disneyland is operating as normal today.”
Democrats managed to orchestrate a government shutdown for about 72 hours, blocking a House-passed bill to fund the government for four weeks. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that the shutdown would come to an end, with Democrats receiving a commitment to vote on DACA before the next funding deadline – to which Republicans had already roundly agreed.
The kerfuffle has been framed as an enormous loss for the Democrats, who largely positioned themselves as stalwart defenders of immigration reform and goaded the Republicans into shutting down the government as a bargaining ploy.
Ultimately, though, Schumer has been accused of handing President Donald Trump a political victory that could catapult his agenda forward now that the Republicans have the proverbial ball in their court.