Senators on both sides criticize border deal; House GOP says it’s DOA
The new Senate border deal is a 280 page makeover of our country’s asylum, work-authorization, and immigration adjudication system. It has the support of the President, Senate leaders from both parties and House Democratic leadership.
But it appears doomed to fail because House Speaker Mike Johnson called it dead on arrival in his chamber, and Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who is in charge of scheduling votes, says it will not receive one.
Here’s just a small glimpse of what’s in it:
It raises the credible fear standard for asylum seekers and allows those who pass that new higher bar to receive a work permit. The bill requires those cases to be fully decided within 6 months, it currently takes years. It also takes into consideration whether the applicant could have moved within their own country to find safety, or moved somewhere other than the United States.
It creates a Border Emergency Authority that requires DHS to shut down the border and immediately deport all new arrivals if Border Patrol encounters reach a one-week average of 5,000 a day. Below that threshold, single adults would be detained, while families would be released. It provides $650 million to build and reinforce miles of new border wall.
It ends the Biden Administration’s use of the CBPOne app to facilitate parole and work authorizations.
It would also include – $60.6 billion for Ukraine, $4.8 billion in military support for the Indo-Pacific region, and $14.1 billion for Israel.
In the Senate – progressives like Alex Padilla and Bernie Sanders oppose it, while Conservatives including Mike Lee, Josh Hawley, Steve Daines, and Rick Scott are a no and Texas Senator John Cornyn says he has serious concerns. That raises questions as to whether it will receive support from half of Senate Republicans.
Senator Chuck Schumer says he’s hopeful it’ll pass his chamber and had a message for Speaker Johnson.
[Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y]
“You know we need to fix our border, you know it has to be bipartisan. The bill that you passed didn’t get a single democratic vote in the House or Senate, how are you going to get anything done?”
Johnson meanwhile is bringing forward a $14.3 billion dollar supplemental package for Israel.
The top Democrat in the House, Hakeem Jeffries said it provides critical aid to Israel, but quote: “irresponsibly fails to address the other national security issues’
He wrote to his fellow House Democrats: “There is reason to believe that this eleventh-hour standalone bill is a cynical attempt to undermine the Senate’s bipartisan effort…”
Despite that, Jeffries said House Democrats will consider supporting it. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.