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Biden Supports Senate Border Agreement, Pledges Closure During Overwhelming Situations

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President Biden pledges swift action to secure the border with the Senate’s ongoing negotiations, emphasizing the reforms as the most stringent and equitable possible.

Despite bipartisan efforts, these negotiations are encountering significant resistance from Republicans, some of whom are tying progress on border security to further aid for Ukraine.

During earlier hours of the day, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, conveyed through a letter addressed to Republican members of the House that the existing agreement faced insurmountable obstacles and was deemed unviable upon presentation.

Throughout his presidency, Biden, who is seeking reelection in the upcoming November 5 elections, has grappled with a surge in migrants unlawfully crossing the US-Mexico border.

Republicans contend that President Biden ought to have upheld the stringent policies instituted by the previous administration under former President Donald Trump, currently positioned as the leading candidate for the GOP nomination. They express the view that adherence to these policies would have been more prudent in addressing current challenges.

Biden’s Vision for Border Security Reform

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President Biden pledges swift action to secure the border with the Senate’s ongoing negotiations, emphasizing the reforms as the most stringent and equitable possible.

Biden emphasized that if enacted into law, this negotiated deal would represent the toughest and fairest reforms to secure the border in the nation’s history. He stressed that the bill would grant him new emergency powers to close the border when overwhelmed, a measure he intends to utilize immediately upon signing.

The White House has agreed to impose new restrictions on asylum at the border, including the establishment of an expulsion authority to promptly return migrants to Mexico if daily encounters exceed certain thresholds. Mandatory expulsion would be triggered if encounters surpass 5,000 per day.

The proposed bill aims to expedite the processing of asylum claims, aiming to complete adjudication within six months without detaining migrants. This timeline marks a significant improvement over the current system, which often results in lengthy delays spanning several years before asylum cases are resolved.

In response, Trump issued a warning, expressing reservations about endorsing any agreement that falls short of the expected standards set by Republicans regarding border security.

Biden also urged Congress to allocate the funding he requested in October to bolster border security, including additional resources for border patrol agents, immigration judges, asylum officers, and advanced inspection technology to combat fentanyl smuggling.

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