Biden Refuses To Compromise On Border Funding

Although the emergency financing isn’t severe enough to convince Democrats to compromise with Republicans on border security, the White House is attempting to incite Congress to approve $106 billion in military assistance for Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine.

For almost six weeks now, since the package’s release, Senate Democrats and President Biden have rejected Republican requests for more stringent steps to control the enormous flood of illegal immigrants entering the United States.

Republicans are calling for new policies, such as a modification to the parole system that the Biden administration used to exonerate border jumpers and a reform to the asylum system that opponents claim is misused by illegal immigrants.

It is not the president’s reluctance to tighten border controls that Democrats hold responsible for the possible collapse of the assistance package; instead, it is the demands of Republicans.

The prospects of Congress approving any financing for Israel or Ukraine before they recess for the holidays were dwindling Monday as bipartisan talks in the Democratic-run Senate were on the verge of collapsing.

According to a Democratic source with knowledge of the border security negotiations, Republicans “have gone in the wrong way” since House Speaker Mike Johnson met with Senate Republicans last week. The Republican platform, according to the source, was modeled after Stephen Miller’s, a former Trump adviser whom the left saw as anti-immigrant.

Optimism was expressed by Republicans participating in the negotiations.

On Monday, Shalanda Young, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, cautioned congressional leaders that financing for Ukraine would be depleted by the end of the year and that the country would be “kneecapped on the battlefield” if it is not replenished promptly.

The United States has given $111 billion to Ukraine. The Eastern European nation’s defense against Russian invasion receives an additional $61 billion in Biden’s revised budget.

Senate leaders from both parties have rejected the piecemeal approach even though the House, which Republicans control, cleared a budget of $14.3 billion to be used by Israel in its fight against Hamas last month. Removing additional funds for the IRS that was part of the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act was another way the House measure compensated for the cutbacks.