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Key Senators Believe They Have a Deal to Toughen Immigration Laws

Immigration has been a political issue for the past twenty years. Just recently, particularly with Joe Biden’s political agenda, it has become an issue throughout the nation, particularly in states along the southern border.

Major senators believe they have a tentative deal which will create tougher U.S. immigration and asylum laws.

This would mark a major breakthrough on the issue with immigration with the 2024 election year gets underway.

Senators are hoping to release the the bill within the coming days, hoping to vote on it beginning of next week.

CBS News has more on the story.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said a national security bill that includes tens of billions of dollars in foreign aid and a long-sought agreement to bolster border security could be unveiled as early as Friday and no later than Sunday, setting the stage for potential votes on the package next week.

Despite progress in recent weeks toward reaching a deal, emerging Republican opposition to the immigration provisions threatened to derail the effort before the text was even finalized. Former President Donald Trump fueled those doubts when he made clear that he opposed the still-unreleased agreement.

Though the deal’s release appears imminent, negotiators said the funding process was still being ironed out. Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat who has led the border negotiations for his party, said earlier Thursday that he is “getting worried” about GOP seriousness about paying for the immigration agreement.

NBC News has more on the approach of the bill.

The measure faces uncertainty in the Senate, pushback from House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., and a steady bombardment of opposition from likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump that is endangering Republican support. Some in the party worry that it could give President Joe Biden a victory on a political vulnerability in his 2024 re-election bid.

Lankford maintained that he had kept Johnson informed of the scope and details of the border bill throughout the process, keeping the speaker’s staff in the loop throughout the final stages.

But Johnson’s office pushed back on Lankford’s characterization of the discussions, telling NBC News in a statement: “Senator Lankford nor his office has never provided Speaker Johnson’s office with proposed legislative text or a written description of the new expulsion authority. They have described it in conversation with less detail than what is available in published news reports.”

The deal would take a three-pronged approach to mitigating the chaos at the border. First, it would limit options for people outside the U.S. to pursue asylum. Second, it would raise the standard for people at the border to qualify for asylum. Third, it would speed up processing of claims, cut off avenues for appeal if they are rejected, and end “catch and release” by enforcing government monitoring of migrants throughout the process.

The bill needs 60 votes to break a filibuster in the Senate. But Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., a proponent of the deal, said it’s unlikely to move forward without the support of at least half the Republican caucus, or 25 senators.

The reason the bill has yet to be released as there may not be enough funding to fully implement the policy changes.

Further issues with the bill is that it Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., is working to ensure there is enough support for the bill.

NBC News has more on the issues with releasing the bill.

Further complicating matters, House Republicans are preparing to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, accusing him of refusing to enforce immigration laws even as he has met with the Senate negotiators to discuss the new deal.

Overall, the deal would toughen immigration laws, and aims to address immigration reform as a whole.

The specific details of the bill have yet to be identified, but will eventually be a major topic of debate in the coming weeks.


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