The United States Senate published the text of a long-awaited deal to enact border security reforms in exchange for aid to Ukraine on Sunday, marking the end of negotiations that had begun in December.
The 370-page bill — titled the Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024 — would appropriate $118 billion to both provide aid to Ukraine during its war against Russia and Israel during its conflict with Hamas until Sept. 30, as well as fund border security reforms. The latter reforms include the hiring of new immigration judges to expedite the processing of asylum and deportation proceedings as well as law enforcement operations to detain and remove foreign nationals present illegally in the United States.
“The border security bill will put a huge number of new enforcement tools in the hands of a future administration and push the current Administration to finally stop the illegal flow. The bill provides funding to build the wall, increase technology at the border, and add more detention beds, more agents, and more deportation flights,” wrote Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, the chief GOP negotiator of the bill. “The border security bill ends the abuse of parole on our southwest border that has waived in over a million people. It dramatically changes our ambiguous asylum laws by conducting fast screenings at a higher standard of evidence, limited appeals, and fast deportation.”
A key provision of the bill in Title IV is the creation of an emergency authority to summarily remove foreign nationals who enter the U.S. illegally, without standard removal proceedings under Title 8, if the week-long average of such entrants increases to over 5,000 persons per day. This summary removal requirement expires only once the two-week average number of illegal entries decreases to 3,750 persons per day.
This provision has proved to be controversial among Republicans, who responded to its disclosure ahead of the bill’s release and have argued that it will not meaningfully reduce illegal immigration. The bill imposes caps on the number of days in a calendar year that the emergency authority may be exercised.
“I never believed we should link policy demands to emergency aid for our allies, but Republicans insisted—so Democrats negotiated in good faith over many weeks and now there is a bipartisan deal on border policy legislation,” wrote Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray, who released the bill’s text. “Ukraine’s fate and so much more hangs in the balance—it’s time for Congress to act.”
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THE BORDER NEVER CLOSES. The words of bill author @ChrisMurphyCT…
Again – this is not a border security bill. https://t.co/p5IrGGWI19
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 5, 2024
🚨🚨 BREAKING NEWS: The $118.28 billion national security supplemental package will allow up to 5,000 illegals per day to enter the country. Republican leadership told us that would not be included. Care to explain? pic.twitter.com/mf72Iyh4QS
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 5, 2024
As to the substance of the “border emergency authority,” it appears to be left to the discretionary whims of Secretary Mayorkas—who, I might add, is currently being impeached for failing to actually enforce existing law.
This is asinine. pic.twitter.com/3Q7Vj58odr
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) February 5, 2024
This abomination of a bill legalizes the invasion of 2 million illegals every year, pays for their lawyers, and gives Ukraine another $60 billion.
Your government hates you and wants to replace you, but until that happens, it’s going to steal every last dime from you it can. https://t.co/bWzhqARGpI
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 5, 2024
SEN. JAMES LANKFORD: "It’s absurd to think anyone who supports border security would agree to letting in 5,000 people a day illegally." Well, Senator… pic.twitter.com/qzBZbcglG3
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 5, 2024
The wonderful "bipartisan" comprise cooked up by Mitch McConnell and James Lankford is that America will send $60B more to Ukraine in exchange for a population the size of Phoenix, Arizona to cross into our country every single year.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 5, 2024
No self-respecting senator should agree to vote on this 370-page bill this week.
Any 41 senators can prevent the bill from proceeding.
If you agree that senators should have this bill for at least a few weeks (and certainly more than a few days) before voting on it, say so! https://t.co/Rf97GwkrpZ
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) February 4, 2024
We will kill this senate bill. DOA. https://t.co/zFn8iWJ53A
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) February 5, 2024
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