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Senate border bill fails again under bipartisan opposition, paving way for Biden executive action

The Senate failed for the second time this yr to go a sweeping US border safety and immigration bill, with some Democrats and most Republicans opposing the laws.

The higher chamber voted 50-43 Thursday to procedurally tank the measure, which not like its predecessor had not acquired bipartisan assist forward of its consideration.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) acknowledged earlier this week that he didn’t anticipate full assist from his caucus — however blamed Republicans and former President Donald Trump for killing the primary try.

Hundreds of migrants continue attempting to cross the border to reach the Mexico-US border, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on March 29, 2024.
The Senate failed for the second time this yr to go a sweeping US border safety and immigration bill, with some Democrats and a majority of Republicans opposing the laws. Anadolu through Getty Images

“We know that the status quo at the southern border is unacceptable,” Schumer (D-NY) stated in a ground speech earlier than the vote.

“If Republicans were truly serious about calling the situation at the border an emergency, they shouldn’t delay any longer.”

“Congressional Republicans do not care about securing the border or fixing America’s broken immigration system. If they did, they would have voted for the toughest border enforcement in history,” President Biden stated in a press release after the vote.

“By blocking the bipartisan border agreement, Republicans in Congress said no to legislation that would hire more Border Patrol Agents, add more immigration judges and asylum officers to process cases in months and not years,” he added.

“They said no to new technology to detect and stop fentanyl from entering the United States, and no to resources to go after drug traffickers. They rejected an agreement that would give me, as president, a new emergency authority to temporarily shut down the border when the system is overwhelmed.”

But two of the lead negotiators on the preliminary bill — Republican James Lankford of Oklahoma and unbiased Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — panned Democrats for their “political theater” in making an attempt to ram by means of the “prop” measure.

“Today is not a bill,” Lankford stated in a ground speech.

“Today is a political messaging exercise. Today is an opportunity to be able to have a vote that’s sitting out there so people can send fundraising emails out later tonight and say, ‘Look I tried to do something,’ when no work was actually done.”

Lankford, Sinema, and Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Susan Collins (R-Maine), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.) all voted in opposition to the laws.

“After more than three years of claiming the situation at our southern border was not a crisis while millions of illegals poured in, Congressional Democrats are attempting to throw an election year Hail Mary to cover for their embrace of President Biden’s open border policies,” House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) stated.

“In the absence of a substantive legislative solution, Senator Schumer should join House Republicans in demanding President Biden reverse course and use his executive authority to finally secure the border and protect American families.”

With the bill’s failure, the Biden administration will be capable of transfer ahead on a number of reported executive actions on border safety — regardless of the president claiming earlier this yr he lacked the authority to take action.

“I’ve done all I can do. Just give me the power. I’ve asked from the very day I got into office,” Biden, 81, stated in January.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters following a Democratic strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) acknowledged earlier this week that he didn’t anticipate full assist from his caucus — however blamed Republicans and former President Donald Trump for killing the primary try. AP

“Give me the Border Patrol, give me the people, the judges — give me the people who can stop this and make it work right.”

Johnson fired again at Biden on X on the time, “That is simply untrue. He’s either lying or misinformed,” earlier than happening to checklist “authorities at his disposal” to limit entries, expedite removals and mandate detentions for migrants.

Biden, 81, is preventing an uphill battle for his re-election in opposition to Trump, 77, as nationwide polls have constantly proven immigration as a prime concern and the previous president because the favored candidate to deal with the border disaster.

A record-breaking variety of migrants have entered the US yearly since Biden took workplace, together with his administration slowly rolling again Trump-era insurance policies like “Remain in Mexico,” which compelled asylum seekers to stay south of the border earlier than their immigration court docket hearings.

The administration is getting ready an executive action on one of many authorities highlighted by Johnson, Section 212 (f), to grant the president the ability to briefly “suspend” the overwhelming variety of migrant entries, NBC News reported Thursday.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., speaks a hearing with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.
Two of the lead negotiators on the preliminary bill — Republican James Lankford of Oklahoma and unbiased Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — panned Democrats for their “political theater” in making an attempt to ram by means of the “prop” measure. AP

Earlier this month, a supply near the White House additionally advised The Post that Biden was planning an executive order to close down the US-Mexico border as soon as migrant crossings attain 4,000 per day.

“Almost every day this year, we’ve had more than 5,000 people illegally crossing,” Lankford stated Thursday.

“To be clear, this year we’ll have two and a half million people that illegally crossed the border.”

But with the identical federal legal guidelines in place under former President Barack Obama — whose Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stated that 1,000 each day crossings “overwhelms the system” — round half as many crossings occurred per yr, Lankford famous.

“I have presented to [Biden], myself, [Vice President Kamala] Harris, a list of at least eight statutory authorities that he has had since the day he walked in the Oval Office,” Johnson stated Thursday on Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus.”

“Now remember, we documented 64 specific executive actions that President Biden and his administrators including [Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas, who we had to impeach in the House because of this, they intentionally took these actions to open the border wide,” he added.

“They did this by design, and that’s what’s so terrible about it. He’s had executive authority every day to reverse what he’s done, but he refuses to use it.”

Executive department companies have floated different orders and finalized federal guidelines to hurry up the asylum course of in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

Many of the proposals originated in provisions of the Senate’s bipartisan border bill.

Asked Wednesday concerning the president’s inaction to date, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre deflected.

“Why should he have to do it unilaterally?” she retorted.

“Why shouldn’t we do it in a legislative way?”

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