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Opinion: Democrat leaders played politics with this government shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives at the Capitol at the start of the third day of the government shutdown, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Schumer, arguably the most powerful Democrat in Washington, is trying to keep his party together to force a spending bill that would include protections for young immigrants. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Why did the shutdown happen? According to Democrats in the Senate, it was all about illegal immigration.

Yes, you heard that right. The Democrats insisted on a resolution of the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA, in order to keep our government open.

Instead, they got a deal from the Senate Republicans that DACA will be addressed in a few weeks and if it’s not, Senate Democrats are promising to shut the government down once again.

Keep in mind, a shutdown has an immediate negative results, including on our military. Ninety thousand members of the National Guard and 20,000 members of the Army Reserve had their training cancelled. They had to pay to travel home out of their own pockets.

According to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a shutdown causes the Department of Defense to stop all of its maintenance work and also to stop all of its intelligence operations throughout the world.

Was there a deadline looming on DACA which made an immediate solution necessary? Nope, that’s coming up in March and can be extended by the president.

So why shut the government down? Politics. Democrats figured that since Republicans have majorities in the House, Senate and control the White House, the American voter will blame the GOP for the shutdown.

Here is the bottom line: this is not a long-term solution. It is just another stopgap. The American people could be facing another federal government shutdown in just a couple of weeks since there is no federal budget in place. Senate Democrats cannot be allowed to hold the American people hostage over illegal immigration.

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