Republicans have threatened to filibuster Biden’s aid package until Democrats agree to tighten U.S. immigration laws, including asylum and parole. Bipartisan negotiations to reach a border deal led by Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) failed on Friday due to deep disagreements.
According to a Democratic aide, their negotiators had offered proposals for speeding up and streamlining the processing of asylum applications, and they even proposed changes to the “credible fears” standard to approve a claim, against the wishes and desires of immigration advocates. The aide claimed that Republicans insist on “extreme” policies which would “end asylum, as we know it,” and give them “expansive power to close the border.” They cannot stomach this.
The aide stated that “Democrats are aware that Republicans will not or cannot compromise on a reasonable plan that can be passed.”
Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority leader, blasted GOP demands for being “dictated” by Donald Trump and Stephen Miller.
Schumer, D-N.Y. said on Monday that the Republican’s decision to introduce hard-right immigration policies into the debate was the reason for the delay. We’re willing make concessions but will not go around in circles if Republicans don’t want to meet us halfway.
In a short interview, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) responded to Democratic complaints.
Cornyn stated, “I believe there is a misunderstanding on the part Senator Schumer and a few of our Democratic allies.” “This isn’t a typical negotiation where we would expect to reach a bipartisan border compromise. It is necessary to pay a certain amount to receive the supplemental.
Murphy seemed frustrated by Cornyn’s remarks, writing in X: “Apparently, I’ve wasted 3 weeks of my lifetime since this was not a negotiation – just a take it and leave it demand.”
A Democratic source familiarized with the negotiations said that the demands of the Senate Republican senators “have moved in a wrong direction” after Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) met with GOP Senators on Wednesday.
Sources claim that Republicans are demanding detention camps for children on U.S. bases, and policies that require them to be detained with their families.
Kyrsten Siema, I. Arizona Senator, who was involved in the discussions, publicly denied this claim.
“This isn’t true. Sinema tweet that getting to yes can be difficult, given the differences between the D and R positions along the border. “We don’t need to be stung by’sources,’ who aren’t even in the room. This will only make things harder. “My state is in crisis, but the government does nothing about it.”
Lankford said that the cause hasn’t died yet.
He said on X, “We are continuing to work towards a solution which will protect our national safety, stop human trafficking and prevent cartels exploiting obvious loopholes within our laws.” “That’s the goal and we will keep working until we achieve it.”
Lankford, Murphy and other senators were involved in the negotiations, including Sinema and Thom Tillis.
Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell stated that Republicans had made it “clear” that “serious changes” in policy on the border were a requirement for Ukraine aid. He said he supported this condition.
McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday that some members of his party were not ready to take the White House’s and Democrats’ “bizarre public scoldings” seriously.
There’s no guarantee that a deal reached by the Senate will be approved by the House. Hard-liners are pressuring Johnson to reject any immigration plan other than the aggressive border bill of the House GOP, also known as H.R. 2.
Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said that failure to pass the package would have serious consequences.
He told reporters Monday that “it’s going be a desperate scenario.” “It will hurt Ukraine.” It’s going be painful on the human side. “I’m sure that it will discourage those who support Israel in its efforts to defeat Hamas.”
Shalanda young, the White House budget director, sent a letter to Congress on Monday asking them to approve funding for foreign aid quickly.
Young wrote: “I want to make it clear that without Congress action, we will run out resources by the end the year to purchase more weapons and equipment and to provide equipment to Ukraine from U.S. Military Stocks.” There is no magic pot of money to cover this crisis. We’re out of money and nearly out of time.
Johnson was not impressed.
In a statement, he said: “The Biden administration has failed to adequately address any of the legitimate concerns of my conference about the lack a strategy in Ukraine, the path to resolve the conflict, or the plan to ensure accountability for the aid provided by American tax payers.” “The Administration continues to ignore the disaster at our border.” House Republicans are determined that any national-security supplemental package should begin at our border.
He said the resolution of this matter depends on whether Senate Democrats will “negotiate reasonable” with the White House.