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Trump blames Dems for immigration bill fail, despite 14 in GOP voting against his measure

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 12:22:33-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of abandoning "Dreamers," immigrants brought to the country as children and who stayed illegally, because they wouldn't back his immigration plan. But the Senate proposal he supported only gained 39 votes in the Senate.

Trump tweets: "Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats...totally abandoned! Republicans are still working hard."

The president is tweeting after the Senate rejected a proposal by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley that was in line with the president's views. The bill fell 21 votes shy of the 60 it needed to survive.

White House spokesman Raj Shah is pointing to the president's March 5th deadline and says, "We want Congress to act."