The political act of shutting down the government is the height of partisan theatrics. But faced with untrustworthy political “compatriots” in the White House and both houses of Congress, it’s difficult to blame Democrats for reaching for this bludgeon to halt the ongoing deportation of potentially tens of thousands of children and young adults. Democrats acted to protect people that an overwhelming number of Americans, including Republicans, have repeatedly said they want excepted from other immigration law

Coffman made a deal with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to delay gathering support for the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy Act, also called the BRIDGE Act, so that Congress can focus on a long-term legislative fix, according to a report from The Hill, a Washington, D.C. political news outlet.

“It’s so important to recognize that young people who were brought here as children, who grew up here, went to school here, and who often know of no other country, be allowed to legally remain in the U.S.,” Coffman said in a statement. “Let’s give them a chance to achieve the American dream through work, education or military service, and to help us together build a stronger America.”