President Donald Trump has issued a warning to Republicans about the Senate’s so-called “border security” bill.
The package is a compromise between Democrat President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans.
However, the bill reads more like a globalist Democrat wishlist rather than an attempt to secure America’s porous frontier.
Within hours of the bill being released, Johnson declared it “dead on arrival.”
“This bill is even worse than we expected, and won’t come close to ending the border catastrophe the President has created,” Johnson posted on X.
It isn’t just Trump-aligned House Republicans who are objecting.
GOP senators like John Cornyn (R-TX) – hardly a pro-Trump firebrand – have voiced concerns with the bill.
The bill’s critics say it falls far short of securing the southern border, despite the claims of Biden and lead Republican sponsor James Lankford (R-OK).
Republicans also balk at the fact that the bill gives $60 billion to Ukraine, three times as much as the $20 billion going to “border security.”
The package includes nothing for border wall construction.
Johnson cited Democrat Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), who conceded that the border “never closes” despite a “shutdown” authority that has been pushed as one of the bill’s primary selling points.
5/ A requirement the President to funnel asylum claims to the land ports of entry when more than 5,000 people cross a day. The border never closes, but claims must be processed at the ports.
This allows for a more a more orderly, humane asylum processing system.
— Chris Murphy 🟧 (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 4, 2024
While the bill raises the bar slightly for asylum claims, the fine print makes clear that the “shutdown” is left to the president’s discretion.
Moreover, the shutdown cannot be activated, even on a discretionary basis, until a threshold of 4,000 crossings a day has been met.
Republicans say this establishes the historically high rate of immigration under Biden as a baseline going forward.
The so-called “border security” package allows 1.5 million illegal aliens to enter the U.S. every year.
The border would still be open at ports of entry during a “shutdown” and at least 1,400 asylum claims a day must still be processed – and there are time constraints on how long the “shutdown” can remain in effect.
The bill also allows the president to suspend the “shutdown” at his discretion – which has raised alarms for Republicans, given Biden’s track record on immigration.
While the bill comes with few guarantees of border security, it includes immediate work permits for asylum seekers, 50,000 more green cards each year, and a pathway to citizenship for Afghan refugees.
President Trump has warned Republicans to reject the border bill.
Trump is warning that it lets Democrats wash their hands of the historic border surge that has taken place on Biden’s watch.
“The ridiculous ‘Border’ Bill is nothing more than a highly sophisticated trap for Republicans to assume the blame on what the Radical Left Democrats have done to our Border, just in time for our most important EVER Election,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
“Don’t fall for it!!!”