President Biden vows to ‘shut down the border’ if Congress passes bipartisan deal

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It is Washington. In the event that Congress gives its approval to a proposal that is now being negotiated in the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden has pledged to take immediate action to “shut down” the border between the United States and Mexico. He has also asked lawmakers to enact a bill that is bipartisan “if they are serious about the border crisis.”

What is currently being negotiated in the Senate would be “the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border we’ve ever had in our country,” according to a statement that was distributed by Vice President Joe Biden on Friday night for public consumption.

According to him, the idea would include a new presidential authority that would allow the president to “shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed.”

“And if given that authority, I would use it the day I sign the bill into law,” stated Vice President Biden.

President Biden vows to 'shut down the border' if Congress passes bipartisan deal
President Biden vows to ‘shut down the border’ if Congress passes bipartisan deal

After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, acknowledged in a private conversation with other Republican senators this week that opposition from former President Donald Trump, who is the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, puts the party in a predicament, Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement with the intention of rescuing a bipartisan border deal that was on the verge of collapsing.

As a result of the failure of a bipartisan border compromise, Vice President Biden would be deprived of the opportunity to win a victory in tackling the issue of increasing migration at the southern border, a subject that Republicans have repeatedly hammered him on throughout his presidency.

On the Thursday, January 25, 2024, in Superior, Wisconsin, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech at Earth Rider Brewery.
On the Thursday, January 25, 2024, in Superior, Wisconsin, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech at Earth Rider Brewery.
Through a message that he published on his social media website Truth Social on Saturday morning, President Trump reaffirmed his opposition to a border accord.

“A BAD BORDER DEAL IS FAR WORSE THAN NO BORDER DEAL!” Trump penned one.

President Biden vows to 'shut down the border' if Congress passes bipartisan deal
President Biden vows to ‘shut down the border’ if Congress passes bipartisan deal

Last week, Vice President Biden conveyed to reporters in an unusually forthright manner that the border is not secure in the midst of record surges in migration. He also called for “significant policy changes” to be implemented with the asylum system and executive authorities in order to maintain control of the border.

Biden is attempting to reach an agreement in Congress over a supplemental spending plan that would be worth 110 billion dollars and would include border measures. The goal of this deal is to convince Republicans to support additional funding to assist Ukraine in its defense against Russia.

According to CNN and other media outlets, the package that is currently being negotiated in the Senate would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to close the border if the number of migrants who are attempting to cross without prior authorization exceeds a daily average of 4,000 over the course of a week.

In addition, if the number of migrants crossing the border exceeds an average of 5,000 per day, the Department of Homeland Security would be forced to seal the border to migrants who are crossing illegally rather than at ports of entry. Under the idea, certain migrants would be permitted to remain in the United States if they are escaping persecution or torture in their home countries, as reported by CNN.

President Biden vows to 'shut down the border' if Congress passes bipartisan deal
President Biden vows to ‘shut down the border’ if Congress passes bipartisan deal

“Securing the border through these negotiations is a win for America,” Vice President Biden stated in a statement that he released on Friday. “For all those individuals who are advocating for more stringent border control, this is the way to go about it. Please pass a bill that is supported by both parties, and I will sign it if you are serious about the issue at the border.

On the other hand, even if a consensus is established in the Senate, it is highly likely that any proposal will be met with opposition by Republicans in the House.

In a letter that was sent out on Friday, Speaker Mike Johnson cautioned that a bipartisan border and immigration compromise that was proposed in the Senate is likely to be “dead on arrival” in the House. Johnson stated that he has had regular conversations with President Trump concerning border discussions. Johnson also issued a statement on Saturday, in which he said that Vice President Biden is capable of putting an end to migration without the assistance of Congress. The statement read, “He can and must take executive action immediately to reverse the catastrophe he has created.”

Johnson stated that the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, need to take up the tough and extreme border and migrant policy bill that was enacted by the House of Representatives the previous year and is referred to as H.R. 2. In his statement, he stated that the proposal already “contains the core legislative reforms that are necessary to actually compel the Biden Administration to resolve the border catastrophe.”

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