Florida Republican Congresswoman Kat Cammack compared the bipartisan border security agreement to the sale of counterfeit Gucci products, saying it is “essentially the equivalent of what this border bill is.” The text of the bipartisan border security agreement was released on Sunday, prompting a variety of reactions from Republicans. Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford, who led negotiations on the bill, explained that it changes asylum laws, builds more walls, adds more detention beds, increases deportation flights, and reduces the 10-year backlog to weeks before people are deported.
Republicans have repeatedly criticised Biden’s handling of the US-Mexico border, citing data showing an ongoing influx of migrants crossing the nation’s southwest land borders illegally. Biden has called for power, border patrol, judges, and others who can stop this and make it work properly. House Speaker Mike Johnson has also criticised the legislation, claiming that it is worse than expected and will do little to end the president’s border crisis. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who helped propose the bill, stated that the agreement provides a real opportunity to address our borders and move towards a more efficient and well-resourced system.
Senators are expected to talk about when to debate the proposed border security agreement this week. If passed by the Senate, Johnson has already stated that it will most likely fail in the House, and it is unclear whether any changes to the bill are being requested.