Why Biden is pivoting right on immigration in 2024

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has threatened to "close the southern border entirely" if Democrats continue to obstruct financing for his proposed border wall. This threat comes two years into his term.

It was the kind of rhetoric that Trump used regarding the border between the United States and Mexico that Democrats routinely criticized as being xenophobic.

Now, however, President Joe Biden is employing a similar language in his demand for a closure of the border when he pushes Congress to support a bill that is now being negotiated by senators and is bipartisan in nature. 

This law is intended to address what Biden has begun to refer to as "the border crisis."

The proposal, according to Vice President Biden, would be the "toughest and fairest" set of border changes in the history of the United States.

 Included in the proposal is a new presidential authority to "shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed."

According to statements made by Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday to Democrats in Columbia, South Carolina, "If that bill were the law today, I would shut down the border right now and fix it quickly." 

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