Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, feels that the border security improvements offered by Republicans on Monday are utterly unacceptable and will only hinder the passage of funds for the conflict in Ukraine.
He said that the measure relied too heavily on the Secure the Border Act of 2023, which passed the House but was opposed by all Democrats there.
Schumer warned on the Senate floor that injecting partisanship into shared issues would make it more challenging to prevent a shutdown. Even though they know it has no chance of being approved, a group of Republican senators have released a proposal for border security in exchange for financing for Ukraine.
The proposal from the Senate Republicans would require the Department of Homeland Security to resume border wall construction, overhaul U.S. asylum laws, limit the administration’s use of humanitarian parole to release unauthorized migrants into the United States and prohibit migrants from seeking asylum in the United States if they have already passed through a safe third country.
During his floor speech, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., attacked Republican proposals for border reform as entirely unworkable.
Republicans in the Senate have issued a proposal for border security in exchange for financing for Ukraine, despite knowing that it has no chance of being approved.
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and James Lankford of Oklahoma, all Republicans, have introduced the bill. A foreign aid package must be tied to concrete changes along the southern border.
The proposal calls for the construction of a border wall, changes to asylum laws, and a decrease in the misuse of humanitarian parole for migrants by the Biden administration.
Schumer claimed the Republican Secure the Border Act of 2023 was essentially a carbon copy of the House-approved Secure the Border Act of 2021.
Schumer said that it was a terrible error on the part of our Republican colleagues to condition assistance for Ukraine on hard-right border policies that would never pass Congress.
He said it is a tremendous misstep on the part of Republican colleagues to make Ukraine aid contingent on the hard-right border measures that will never pass Congress.
Schumer, the Republicans’ insistence on keeping Ukraine tied to the border was making it very difficult for the United States to aid Ukraine in its struggle against Russian President Vladimir Putin.