Potential failure of border bill creates a political opportunity for Biden

Potential failure of border bill creates a political opportunity for Biden

The impending failure of a bipartisan border deal struck by senators this weekend is going to give President Joe Biden an issue he can use against former President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers during the campaign.

Biden on Tuesday promised to squarely blame Republicans in Congress for the deal’s apparent failure, saying the country would listen to how those Republicans have responded to Trump’s efforts to thwart the bill after months of intense bipartisan negotiations. Kneeled down.

The bill would include aid for Ukraine and Israel, as well as some of the most significant changes to immigration policy seen in decades. But any hopes of a deal appeared to be dashed after Trump came out in opposition to it, apparently so he could campaign on Biden’s alleged weakness at the border.

Speaking from the White House on Tuesday, Biden vowed to turn Trump’s strategy in his favor.

“If the bill fails,” Biden said, “I want to be absolutely clear about something: The American people will know why.”

The bill’s apparent failure could give Biden an edge politically, giving him a chance to say a deal on the border was already in place until Trump torpedoed it, effectively scuttling his potential 2024 rival. What has been his most challenging domestic issue?

“Every day between now and November the American people will know that the only reason the border is not secure is Donald Trump and his MAGA Republican friends. “Now is the time for Republicans in Congress to show some courage, show some sense, make it clear to the American people that you work for them, not for anyone else.”

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But the bill’s failure would still leave unresolved an intractable political issue that has vexed presidents and Congress of both parties for decades — an issue that has led to what leaders near the border have called a genuine humanitarian crisis. Biden warned it would also have real impacts on battlefields from Ukraine to Gaza.

In response to the seemingly failed package, Senate leaders plan to move forward with a procedural vote that includes emergency aid for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan but does not include border provisions that Republicans have kept from rejecting them. Had demanded earlier.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to force a vote on emergency aid on Wednesday, according to a Democratic aide. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans have supported the move — so it’s possible Schumer could get 60 votes to take up the aid package.

But Speaker Mike Johnson has opposed tying them all together, so taking this step will create a situation of conflict in the House. A standalone bill providing $17.6 billion in aid to Israel failed in the House earlier Tuesday night.

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Biden said those who oppose the border bill are “denying aid” to the Palestinian people who are “really suffering.”

The president said, “This bipartisan agreement also provides Israel with what it needs to protect its people and defend itself against Hamas terrorists, and it will provide essential life-saving humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people.” “By opposing this bill, they are denying support to people who are truly suffering and in desperate need of help.”

The bill’s failure could also escalate a growing standoff between the Biden administration and the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The latter took extraordinary steps to address what he described as a void in federal law enforcement at the border, by giving local law enforcement the ability to arrest migrants, and by erecting razor wire along the border to prevent illegal crossings. Have raised. Abbott has ignored the Supreme Court order to remove the wire.

The bill includes provisions that would require the Department of Homeland Security to prohibit migrants, except unaccompanied minors, from crossing the border between ports of entry once they reach the border illegally. It also raised the legal standard of proof required for processing asylum claims and expanded the use of alternatives to detention such as ankle monitors for migrants to check in with authorities.

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Those provisions, Biden said, amount to “the fairest, most humane reforms to our immigration systems in a long time — and the toughest reforms ever to secure the border.”

Congressional Republicans were largely pleased with the resulting agreement. The reliably conservative Border Patrol union supported it, and Biden and Republican negotiators repeatedly signaled their joint optimism that a deal will be reached. But it all unraveled after Trump, who remains the GOP kingmaker, signaled his opposition.

“Now, all indications are that this bill will not even advance on the Senate floor,” Biden said. “Why? One simple reason: Donald Trump.”

Trump “would rather use weapons than actually solve this issue,” Biden said.

Biden’s campaign quickly seized on Trump’s push to kill the border bill, sending an email to supporters listing instances when Trump had called for immigration reform.

“Donald Trump has instructed MAGA Republicans to dismantle the toughest and fairest reforms to secure the border in decades because he thinks it will help him politically,” the Biden campaign said in an email blast.

The President also mentioned a post on x A recent campaign rally in which Trump said he would take blame from senators for the bill’s collapse.


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