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AG Maura Healey Blames Republicans For 'Shameful' DACA Delay

Attorney General Maura Healey in the WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library.
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The nearly three-day government shutdown ended Monday after President Trump signed a stopgap spending bill passed by Congress. The ending of the shutdown was preceded by debate on Capitol Hill that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has described "shameful."

“They need to act on DACA, that’s for sure," Healey said in an interview with Boston Public Radio Tuesday. "I think it’s a no-brainer for most Americans, Democrat or Republican. So why don’t you act on the things where there’s agreement, and then work to find common ground in other areas?”

After lawmakers could not come to an agreement on key immigration issues, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and Trump's campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the government underwent a brief shutdown until the president signed a deal that funds the government until Feb. 8.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to address DACA, border security and increased defense spending if there is no agreement on immigration by the new deadline.

Though Democratic Senate leaders helped advance the deal to reopen the government, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts both voted against the deal, citing that it didn't address DACA.

Healey said she faults Republicans, who control the House, the Senate and the White House, for not working through divisive immigration issues by the Friday deadline.

“I put the blame squarely on the Republicans,” she said. “Look, this buys another three weeks, I guess, but to me, it is just a further indication of just how poor the state of play is."

Republicans say they will hold a vote on DACA in the coming weeks.


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