“These demands are a series of immigration policies so extreme they have never been considered acceptable in any bipartisan negotiations.”
As several Senators themselves have recently acknowledged, the current negotiations are a deliberate effort to hold Ukraine funding hostage in exchange for what collectively would be enacting the most restrictive anti-immigrant legislation since the racial quota laws of the 1920s. In no way do these policies resemble any prior “border” or “immigration” bipartisan negotiations, and it is entirely misleading to refer to these as “border security talks.”
These demands are a series of immigration policies so extreme they have never been considered acceptable in any bipartisan negotiations. Together they would eliminate the basic foundations of our immigration system, slash existing legal immigration pathways, expand the use of expedited removal in the interior, eliminate any ability to seek asylum, and more. While there has been reporting largely focused on changes to asylum standards, including the credible fear standard, these other proposals have received less attention. Not only will these policies fail to improve conditions at the border, but some will have the impact of increasing, not decreasing, unauthorized encounters, creating more chaos at the border in 2024.