The immigration crisis has become a major talking point for the Biden administration. As a result, the United States Senate launched a $118 billion bipartisan bill to expand economic aid to Ukraine and Israel in exchange for a border agreement. The project is in proposal status; however, the 370-page draft is expected to be voted on throughout the week.
The agreement includes $20 billion for strengthening border security, as well as restrictions on suspending the asylum law and deporting, almost immediately, thousands of immigrants who cross into the United States every day.
The remaining budget will be divided between aid to Ukraine in the war against Russia, security in Israel, humanitarian aid to Gaza, the West Bank, and Ukraine, and support to US allies in the Indo-Pacific, according to a source familiar with the situation. the thing. topic for Reuters.
This is the proposal that would allow the president to suspend the asylum law and deport immigrants
If Congress and President Biden approve the bill and sign it into law, the federal government can invoke emergency powers and “close the border” through various measures.
The emergency power will be activated in specific situations when the daily crossing exceeds an average of 4,000 migrants in a seven-day period and will be effective for three years, with limits of use: it cannot be used for more than 270 days. within the first year. The measure will be deactivated until the average number of daily border crossings falls below 75%.
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By invoking emergency powers, the federal government will suspend the asylum law, and immigrants detained at the border will be “deported to the United States.” Immigrants who repeatedly cross while emergency powers are active will be barred from the United States for one year.
Currently, asylum law allows immigrants to remain in the United States, even if they crossed the border illegally. By 2023, the Border Patrol will have apprehended two million immigrants at the southern border. Only 300,000 arrests took place in the month of December.