President Joe Biden on Friday pressed Congress to accept a bipartisan deal in the Senate to combine border control measures with aid to Ukraine, but House Speaker Mike Johnson suggested such a proposal would be “dead in the ass.” – come.” Your camera.
Biden said in a statement released Friday afternoon that the proposed policies are “the strongest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border that we have ever done in our country.” He also said that as soon as he signs the law, he will use the new emergency authority to “close the border” if the authorities are overwhelmed by an influx of migrants.
Biden’s support for the deal — and Republican opposition — could represent a shift in immigration policy in an election year. However, the slim chance of its passage by Congress could have far-reaching consequences for US allies around the world.
Senate Republicans initially insisted that border policy changes be included in Biden’s $110 billion emergency request to fund Ukraine, Israel, immigration enforcement and other national security needs. However, the Senate deal collapsed this week amid criticism from Republicans, including Donald Trump, the presumptive presidential candidate, who called it a political “gift” for Democrats.
Johnson sent a letter to colleagues on Friday aligning himself with hardline Conservatives determined to scuttle the deal. He admitted that the bill is “dead on arrival in the lower house” if the reports about it are true.
The core of senators who negotiated the deal hope to announce the text early next week, but conservatives have already said the measures do not go far enough to limit immigration. The proposal would establish stricter rules for migrants seeking asylum, as well as denying asylum claims at the border when daily encounters with migrants become unmanageable for authorities.
“Instead of accepting responsibility, President Biden is now trying to blame Congress for his own deliberate actions,” Johnson said in the letter.
The message added to the headwinds facing the Senate deal, capping a week in which Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged to colleagues that the bill faces stiff opposition from Trump will force them to seek help from Ukraine in other ways. He later clarified that he remains in favor of integrating border measures with aid to Ukraine.
Diminishing the bill’s prospects could leave congressional leaders without a clear path to approving tens of billions of dollars for Ukraine. Biden has made defending kyiv against Russia one of his top priorities, but his government is running out of money to send ammunition and missiles. Supporters of Ukraine warn that the stalemate in Congress has already been felt on the battlefields and left Ukrainian soldiers disarmed.
Senator James Lankford, the GOP’s chief negotiator on the border talks, has repeatedly urged lawmakers to hold off on making a final decision on the bill until they receive the legislative text and said some of information about its contents can be found in the conservative media. inaccurate project descriptions.