The United States Senate a bipartisan $118 billion military and border assistance bill on Sunday on Sunday, which aims to prevent immigrants from crossing the border between the United States and Mexico.
The proposal would provide $60 billion in military aid to Ukraine, $14 billion to Israel, $4.8 billion to Taiwan, and $20 billion for border security.
The leader of the Democratic majority in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, announced today in a statement that he will hold the first procedural vote on the legislation next Wednesday.
“The Senate’s bipartisan agreement is a major step toward strengthening America’s national security abroad and at our borders. “This is one of the most necessary and important pieces of legislation that Congress has passed. introduced over the years to ensure America’s future prosperity and security,” Schumer said.
The Democratic senator from New York also noted that this draft “provides billions of essential investments in the national security of the United States to face the growing threats in the Middle East and the Red Sea and equips Ukraine to fight against Putin.”
At the same time, “it helps Israel defend itself against the forces that want to erase a Jewish state from the map and at the same time provides humanitarian aid to innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza, responding to callss for humanitarian aid around the world and strengtheninging Taiwan and other allies in the Indo-Pacific region against China,” according to Schumer.
For his part, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, emphasized today in a statement that this proposal will make the Mexican border “more secure” and “preserve legal immigration.”
“This will give me, as president, new emergency authority to close the border if it’s overwhelmed,” the president stressed.
In December, border officials processed more than 300,000 foreigners, the largest number of migrants ever recorded in a single month.
The proposal also raises the bar for migrants to qualify to apply for asylum and increases the ability to detain them.
The bill also encourages faster resolutions for asylum cases at the border and creates a new expedited removal authority to quickly remove immigrants who do not qualify for asylum.
This legislation is one of the top priorities of the Biden administration, especially before his re-election.
However, this bipartisan proposal has a difficult road ahead, as some congressmen, mostly Republicans, have already criticized the move.
Before announcing the draft, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Republican Mike Johnson, called the proposal “dead” if it came to Congress.
Immigrant rights advocates have also criticized the project because it leaves out nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants,, whom Biden has promised to help approve on a path to legalization.
The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) said this Sunday, after announcing the draft, that although the bill has qualities,such as allocating $2.334 million for assistance to recently arrived refugees,, therere many points on which they disagree. .
“We do not believe that the new expedited asylum process will be fair,” NHCSL said in a statement.
In addition, the organization said that additional funding for the Operation Stonegarden Grants Program (OPSG) “could promote more deadly abuses.”
“Attempts to severely restrict immigration will harm the economy,” the NHCSL stressed.
For its part, the American Civil Rights Union (ACLU) is more critical and points out that this agreement “will force the government to deport people from the border without due process, preventing legal means.” for the people who need them the most. ”
“This agreement also fails to deliver on years of promises to implement reforms that provide pathways to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’ and other long-term residents,” he said in a statement. Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU,.