Anticipation is building as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress attempt to present a negotiation with the Biden administration concerning the ongoing migrant crisis.
According to CBS News, insider sources say, “the agreement is expected to give the executive branch a new legal authority to effectively suspend asylum in between official ports of entry when migrant crossings surpass certain thresholds.”
But the threshold includes limiting daily migrant crossings to an average of 5,000 per day, which ends up being a massive number of people over time.
For everyone who is demanding tougher border control, this is the way to do it.
Here's my full statement on border security negotiations: pic.twitter.com/sm2IXV99Lx
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 27, 2024
In a recent announcement, President Biden referred to the authority as power to “shut down the border” and said he is awaiting approval by Congress before taking action.
Biden’s support of the proposed authority could cost him the Latino vote in the upcoming election, which accounted for a significant portion of his support in the 2020 election. He promised Latino Americans “day-one immigration reform.”
Latino voters, however, are the least of Biden’s worries. Former President Donald Trump was quick to criticize the proposed deal, posting a message on Truth Social, stating, “A bad border deal is far worse than no border deal.”
Speaker Johnson threatens immigration bill could be 'dead on arrival' https://t.co/bYyJpHkfZI
— WCPO 9 (@WCPO) January 26, 2024
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) also showed no hesitancy in dismantling the potential border deal, saying, “Rather than accept accountability, President Biden is now trying to blame Congress for what HE himself intentionally created.”
Johnson wrote a letter to colleagues on Friday, pushing them to shut down the negotiations before they get, asserting that the bill will be “dead on arrival in the House.” He also pressed the fact that Biden could close the border with a “stroke of his pen” and does not need a bill passed by Congress in order to do so.
On X, Elon Musk reiterated Johnson’s executive authority claim. Musk tweeted, “No laws need to be passed. All that is needed is an executive order to require proof before granting an asylum hearing. That is how it used to be.”
Ted Cruz also tweeted about the controversial numbers in the proposed deal. He wrote, “This border bill is not designed to fix the problem. It normalizes 5,000 people a day coming in—that’s over 1.8 million a year. That’s called an invasion.”
This border bill is not designed to fix the problem. It normalizes 5,000 people a day coming in—that's over 1.8 million a year. That's called an invasion.
This has 0 chance of passing the House.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 25, 2024