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The Senate Republican Behind the Disastrous Border Deal Faces Growing Demands to Resign


The Senate Republican behind the “Bipartisan Border Deal” is facing a growing chorus of demands to resign.

Following months of discussions, the U.S. Senate on Sunday announced a $118 billion bipartisan border security bill that would also offer aid to Ukraine and Israel. The bill faces an unclear future due to resistance from Donald Trump and conservative Republicans.

The bill includes $60.06 billion to support Ukraine in its war with Russia, $14.1 billion in security assistance for Israel, $20.23 billion for border security, $2.44 billion to US Central Command and the conflict in the Red Sea, and $4.83 billion to support US partners in the Indo-Pacific facing Chinese aggression.

An additional $10 billion would go toward humanitarian assistance for populations in Gaza, the West Bank, and Ukraine.

The Calvin Coolidge Project provided an overview on X with key points from the “Bipartisan Border Bill” negotiated by Senator James Lankford (R-OK).

Senator Lankford heralded the bill on X, where he promptly got “ratioed” by angry commenters.

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“Our immigration laws have been weak for years,” he remarked. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to stop the chaos & protect our nation.”

However, it became clear that Republicans and conservatives are furious about the legislation.

There were numerous calls for Senator Lankford to resign.

President Joe Biden, however, touted the bipartisan deal.

“We’ve reached an agreement on a bipartisan deal that includes the toughest and fairest set of border reforms in decades,” Biden boasted. “And it includes support for Ukraine and Israel and provides humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people. I urge Congress to pass this bill immediately.”

Department of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is facing impeachment over his border response, also touted the legislation.

“The bipartisan agreement in the Senate is tough, fair, and takes meaningful steps to address the challenges our country faces after decades of Congressional inaction,” Mayorkas posted in a ten-post thread.

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA), nonetheless, has called the bipartisan border bill “dead on arrival.”

“If rumors about the contents of the draft proposal are true, it would have be dead on arrival in the House anyway,” Johnson wrote about the ongoing Senate negotiations.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will take procedures to have an initial vote on the plan on Wednesday, although there is opposition from both sides of the aisle.

“The priorities in this bill are too important to ignore and too vital to allow politics to get in the way,” Schumer said in a statement. “The United States and our allies are facing multiple, complex and, in places, coordinated challenges from adversaries who seek to disrupt democracy and expand authoritarian influence around the globe.”

According to Schumer, the deal will result in the hiring of more frontline personnel and asylum officials, as well as the implementation of new mechanisms to deliver “faster and fair” immigration determinations.

Mitch McConnell, the leading Republican in the Senate, has expressed support for the negotiations, claiming that Republicans would not receive a better deal under a Republican administration.

Other congressional Republicans, meanwhile, have stated that President Joe Biden can achieve many of the immigration policy reforms they seek through executive action, despite previously calling for legislative action.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday, immigration is the second most pressing issue for Americans, and it is particularly important to Republicans. The US Border Patrol arrested around 2 million migrants along the border in fiscal year 2023.

Trump, the Republican front-runner to face Biden in the November election, has focused largely on his hostility to immigration. House Republicans are also seeking to impeach Biden’s top border official, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Follow Kyle Becker on X @kylenabecker.

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