Sunday, February 25, 2024

Senate rejects Mexico border security deal

The plenary session of the Senate of the United States (US) this Wednesday rejected the strengthening of border security that took months of negotiations, so President Joe Biden will not be able to close the border with Mexico.

By a vote of 49 to 50, mostly along party lines, the Senate failed to pass a $118 billion bipartisan package that would tighten immigration laws, help Ukraine fight a Russian invasion, and bolster Israel in its war against Hamas.

The measure needs 60 votes to advance in the chamber, which Democrats control by a 51-49 margin.

For months, Republicans have insisted that any additional aid to the two U.S. allies must also address the high number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, a key concern among voters. .

Is Donald Trump forcing Republicans into the US Senate?

Many Republicans quickly rejected the package when it was released on Sunday, February 4, even though it contained several priorities. Former President Donald Trump has forced them to reject any compromise as he campaigns to defeat Democratic President Joe Biden in November’s election. Only four of the 49 Republicans in the Senate voted in favor of the bill.

However, the bill’s defeat leaves open the possibility that Congress could still provide much-needed aid to America’s allies. The Senate is expected to vote later on a $96 billion package that eliminates immigration provisions but leaves no foreign aid.

Trump asked to oppose Biden’s agreement

Since Monday, Donald Trump has urged Republicans to oppose the deal. On his Truth Social network account, he published: “Only an idiot, or a radical left-wing Democrat, would vote for this horrible border bill that only gives a closing authority after $5,000 per day of intervention when we have the right to close the border. Now, what needs to be done?”

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