President Joe Biden’s foreign policy goals are in jeopardy, according to the leading Democrat in the Senate’s border negotiations, who issued a warning on Monday that the talks have collapsed.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) recently stated in an interview that Republicans are demanding policies that would “essentially close the border” and remove asylum for individuals with valid claims if they are to approve funding to Ukraine. According to him, Democrats will not budge on one of those requirements.
After talks hit a snag on Friday, Murphy stated, “Right now, it seems pretty clear that we’re making pretty big compromises and concessions and Republicans aren’t willing to meet us anywhere close to the middle.” The senator has stated that reengagement is possible. Regarding the state of affairs as of last week’s conclusion, “there’s no path.”
Republican chief negotiator Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma expressed more optimism over the current status of the talks. He said Republicans have simply not responded to a Democratic proposal that was delivered to them on Friday and that GOP senators will remain in the negotiation.
“It wasn’t a breakdown,” he stated. We’re still communicating and exchanging documents. Personally, I don’t think that constitutes a breakdown. Our efforts seem to be going on, but we’re not seeing results quickly enough.
The Democratic Party has shown in the past that it is prepared to raise the bar for asylum seekers. Another possible Democratic concession that would surely enrage progressives—Murphy said they’ve also had “very good discussions around” modifying some parole policies.
“In the end, there aren’t going to be any Democratic votes for randomly closing the border,” Murphy stated.
An individual familiar with the negotiations said that Republicans had requested “unworkable” nationwide mandatory detentions, protracted detentions for families with children, and detention camps run by the Department of Defence on U.S. military sites. For Democrats, such expectations would be practically impossible to meet.
It was reported that Republicans have made demands in negotiations that seem to have come straight from Stephen Miller, demands that Republicans know Democrats will not be able to support.
A difficult uphill battle awaits the proposal in the House, regardless of whether senators can negotiate a supplemental agreement with substantial border concessions. Members of that chamber’s Republican party have called for more stricter border control measures, with many of them being opposed to receiving funding from Ukraine. If a vote is even taken, Democrats will need to sacrifice a lot of support to pass a bill.
“The Republicans are demanding policies that would result in a “shutdown” of the border,” Murphy claimed, but Lankford disagreed. According to him, the Republican Party thinks it’s critical to deal with the unprecedented influx of migrants entering the country through Mexico.
He clarified that their request was not for a complete closure of the border, meaning that crossing it would be permitted at all times. A systematic approach is what we are requesting. The situation is currently chaotic.
Another senator involved in the talks, Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), expressed her doubt that the present standoff would end the negotiations but urged both sides to be more practical about their expectations.
To end our border problem, Arizonans want immediate and concrete action. As she told HEADLINESFOREVER, “The time for political talking points is over; it’s time for action.” She went on to say that she would continue to reject the poisonous partisanship that ruins results and would collaborate with Democratic and Republican negotiators to find real solutions to the situation.
It is possible that this week will be the last week of the standoff. Near the end of last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer informed Democrats to get ready for a vote on Wednesday or Thursday regarding the approximately $106 billion supplemental, which would encompass funds for border security, Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.
In order to prevent Schumer from holding a vote on the supplemental without a border solution, Lankford vowed once again to support a filibuster. Several other Republicans have signalled they have the necessary 41 votes to sink it, making it the most likely outcome without a deal at this point.
If the vote were to fail, several senators have speculated that the border talks would become much more urgent. The cost, though, would be a message to the international community about congressional backing for aid to Israel and Ukraine.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the Biden administration issued a warning to congressional leaders, stating that Ukraine is facing a critical deadline.
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young warned in letters to House and Senate party leaders that failing to approve a fresh round of financing before year’s end might “kneecap Ukraine on the battlefield.”
In her letter, she made it clear that the United States will be unable to continue funding the procurement of weapons and equipment for Ukraine or the distribution of equipment from U.S. military stocks unless Congress takes action by the year’s end. Right now, there is no enchanted treasury of money that can cover everything. Our funds have run out, and time is running out as well.