Mike Johnson, the Republican speaker of the House from Louisiana, has come under fire for opposing the Senate’s bipartisan border agreement. The issue of US-Mexico border security has been a source of concern for years, with Republicans in Congress claiming that the increase in illegal migrant crossings is a crisis. In recent weeks, both Republican and Democratic senators have collaborated on new legislation to alter America’s immigration policies. In a letter to his Republican colleagues, Johnson, however, stated that the border agreement is “dead on arrival.”.
During a recent interview with Kristen Welker, Johnson was asked about his position on the border deal and whether he was actually in charge. Johnson responded that he was in charge of the House, a position he has held for much longer than President Trump. Johnson has been explaining the requirements for resolving the issue.
Trump, the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, has urged Republicans not to accept anything less than a “perfect” border deal before the November general election, raising concerns that some Republicans are working to prevent President Joe Biden from signing the border bill into law and scoring a victory. He wrote in a post on his social media platform, Truth Social, late last month, “We need a strong, powerful, and essentially ‘PERFECT’ border, and, unless we get that, we are better off not making a deal.”
Senator James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican who has been leading the effort on the bipartisan border deal, slammed Republicans in Congress who want to oppose it during an appearance on Fox News Sunday last week. He stated that Republicans would not provide funding for Ukraine, Israel, or the southern border because they demanded policy changes. Now, as the deal nears its end, they say, “Oh, just kidding, I actually don’t want a change in law because of the presidential election year.”
Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat and key border negotiator, told CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union last week that they have a bipartisan deal that could be ready for the Senate floor next week.