Senators Propose Deal to Let President Suspend Asylum Law and Fast Track Migrant Deportations

( – The Senate has finally unveiled its controversial “border bill” to address the ongoing crisis at the southern border. The bipartisan agreement would give the president the ability to disregard asylum laws which seem to be the only immigration law this administration follows. The new authority sought by Biden would allow him to shut down the border and increase scrutiny for folks claiming asylum.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has declared the bill “dead on arrival” in the lower chamber of Congress. All bills have to be passed by a majority in both chambers of Congress and signed by the President to become law. While Democrats hold the majority in the Senate to rubber-stamp the bill, House conservatives are threatening to kill the measure.

Speaking about the bill to the media on Sunday, February 4th, Johnson indicated that the bill was “worse than we expected,” and pointed out that it does nothing to solve the border crisis Biden created.

Democrats and their corporate crony allied Republicans are pushing for the bill to pass. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) attempted to lobby for the bill to the press and the public in the media and a series of posts on X (Twitter). Crenshaw was slammed in the comments by numerous conservatives. Some mockingly referred to him as “Eyepatch McCain,” a dig referencing the late John McCain who was another Republican war hawk in Congress.

The bill could be more properly categorized as a Ukrainian war funding bill since it includes nearly $60 billion in additional expenditures for Ukraine. This CBS article doesn’t even mention the additional pork that was included in the final draft of the bill.

The total expenditures authorized in the bill come to a whopping $118.3 billion. Support for Israel is also included in the bill to the tune of $24.1 billion. There’s an additional $2.3 billion for USCENTCOM’s Red Sea operations and $2 billion for general support of refugees. Finally, there’s $20 billion for border security.

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