Former President Donald Trump spoke out against a bill that would combine border security reforms with Ukraine and Israel aids. In a post to Truth Social, the GOP presidential candidate urged lawmakers to reject the bill, which is yet to be released.
Trump’s issue with the bill lies on the part that would purportedly establish a seven-day rolling average exceeding 5,000 border encounters daily before a Title 42-like authority can be triggered to remove migrants at the border quickly.
“The illegal Aliens that are pouring into our Country are taking over our cities and attacking our police. They are forming gangs, and they are tough,” Trump wrote in his post.
“Close the Border, you do not need a ridiculous Border Bill that will allow 5000 people into our Country a day. Call it the ‘Stupid Bill’ and make sure it doesn’t get passed. It will make things MUCH WORSE. CLOSE THE SOUTHERN BORDER, NO BILL NECESSARY!!!” he added.
There have been bipartisan talks in the Senate about attaching immigration reforms Republicans are seeking to a bill which covers President Joe Biden’s request for about $106 billion in supplemental funds for U.S. allies such as Ukraine and Israel as well as humanitarian assistance and border security.
Trump has, however, asked Republicans not to settle, urging them to push for more stringent border measures.
“I do not think we should do a Border Deal, at all, unless we get EVERYTHING needed to shut down the INVASION of Millions & Millions of people, many from parts unknown, into our once great, but soon to be great again, Country!” he wrote in a post to Truth Social earlier in the month.
Trump’s call for the Senate to reject the yet-to-be-released bill might shake up the Senate’s decision on the bill as the GOP frontrunner’s influence in the Senate seems to be getting restored after he secured dominating wins in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary last month.
While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-RY) has expressed support in the past for a bipartisan effort on the bill, he reportedly told colleagues last week that it is important that the Senate GOP does not “do anything to undermine” Trump as he said “the politics on this have changed.”
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has weighed in on the matter, promising that the bipartisan Senate deal would not pass the GOP-led House should the rumors about it be true.
“Any border ‘shutdown’ authority that ALLOWS even one illegal crossing is a non-starter. Thousands each day is outrageous. The number must be ZERO,” he wrote on X.
Any border "shutdown" authority that ALLOWS even one illegal crossing is a non-starter. Thousands each day is outrageous. The number must be ZERO.
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) January 29, 2024