In an extraordinary reversal of attitude toward the crisis along the U.S. southern border, Joe Biden appears prepared to negotiate with Republicans on how to solve the problem. And he apparently is flipping through former President Donald Trump’s playbook for a border solution.
Liberals across the land must be fuming after hearing the news of Biden’s potential policy changes. Nothing like this has been seen since Trump was president.
Biden adamantly campaigned to win the White House on promises of opening the southern border to anyone. His plan has created an overflow of illegal immigrants that are taxing cities small and large across America to the brink of bankruptcy.
Now Biden wants to talk business with Republicans who are pushing for Biden to make concessions on GOP hot topics if he wants more money for foreign wars.
From CBS News:
The Biden administration on Tuesday indicated to congressional lawmakers that it would be willing to support a new border authority to expel migrants without asylum screenings, as well as a dramatic expansion of immigration detention and deportations, to convince Republicans to back aid to Ukraine, four people familiar with the matter told CBS News.
Biden’s wants emergency funding of roughly $100 billion, CBS News reported. The package includes military aid to Israel, Taiwan and Ukraine, as well as money to bolster border enforcement and hire additional immigration officials.
Republicans want the border under control with policy changes designed to reduce the unprecedented levels of illegal crossings along the southern border. GOP demands appear to be working.
The president can’t get anything passed without approval in the House, which is controlled by Republicans. Democrats hold a slim majority in the Senate, so Biden informed Senate Democrats that he’s considering the sweeping border changes Republicans want.
Biden has publicly said “an extreme Republican partisan agenda on the border is not how it works,” but has intensified talks with lawmakers. His team is trying to reach a deal before Congress takes leave for the holidays.
Liberals are facing an Trump-like position from Biden on the border issue. What Biden is proposing to negotiate with Republicans is aligned with Trump’s playbook.
The White House indicated that it would support a new, far-reaching legal authority to allow U.S. border officials to summarily expel migrants without processing their asylum claims, CBS news reported. The measure would effectively revive the Trump-era Title 42 pandemic order and allow officials to pause U.S. asylum law, without a public health justification.
Adding insult to political injury for liberals, Biden’s new allowances sound like Trump’s recent calls for mass deportations once he wins back the White House.
Biden’s administration would also back a nationwide expansion of a process known as expedited removal, according to CBS News. This would allow immigration officials to deport migrants without court hearings if they don’t ask for asylum or if they fail their initial asylum interviews. The program is currently limited to the border region.
Biden’s new openness for restrictive changes in border policy has angered migrant advocates, progressive Democrats and Latino lawmakers.
“Destroying the asylum system will not fix the southern border,” Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal said Tuesday. “We did not spend years fighting this agenda under Trump only to give in to Senate Republicans’ extreme demands now.”
Considering Biden’s recent new all-time lows in voter polling, it begs the question if his new border policy switch is just an election year ploy.
- The Biden administration may be caving to pressure for more border restrictions.
- GOP appears to be making progress in breaking down White House opposition.
- Democrats cry foul and demand Biden not change course on the crisis.
Source: CBS News