Thursday, February 29, 2024

Congress will veto the US immigration pact, according to the Republican leader

The immigration pact negotiated by the Senate will die immediately if it reaches the lower house of the United States Congress, the Republican president of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, warned this Friday.

Republicans in Congress are demanding changes to Democratic President Joe Biden’s immigration policy as a condition for approving a new aid package for Ukraine as the country prepares to enter a third year of fighting. to invade Russia.

For nearly two months, senators and senior government officials have been trying to agree to be accepted by the lower house of parliament.

“If the rumors about the content of the draft bill were true, he would have been dead by the time it reached the House,” Johnson said in a letter sent to House Republicans.

Johnson is an ally of former President Donald Trump, who has made the border crisis a central issue in his campaign for the Republican nomination ahead of November’s presidential election, where he is likely to face Biden.

If Biden wants to be taken seriously by Republicans, Johnson said, he must “demonstrate his good faith by taking immediate steps to ensure” the protection of “national sovereignty” at the border.

And he recalled that measures to solve what he described as a “border disaster” were included in a bill from last year that placed barriers in the way of asylum applications and called for the continuation of the establishment of a fort on the border of a neighboring country. and revived the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (known as “Stay in Mexico” or MPP).

This policy, introduced by Trump, allows migrants to be deported to Mexico while they await a court date and continue the immigration process.

The widespread arrival of migrants at the border between the United States and Mexico is the main Achilles heel of Biden, a candidate for re-election.

His Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, has also been targeted by Republicans, who want him fired.

A committee in the House of Representatives, where conservatives have a small majority, thought they had gathered enough evidence to impeach him.

In his writing, Johnson warned that next week the sessions will resume and “the vote will be held as soon as possible.”

This impeachment attempt still fails in the Senate, which is under Democratic control.

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