Lawmakers Depart for Holidays Without Agreement on Border Policy

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( – Ahead of the holidays, lawmakers in the Senate have yet to agree on a border policy deal.

Tensions in the Senate have been high amid division among the Senate Democrats over the new border deal. According to a recent report from The Hill, some lawmakers have been concerned that the deal will include asylum policy reforms similar to those in the Secure the Border Act which was passed by the House. The inclusion of these provisions would allow the Democrats to win the necessary Republican support for the new round of funding for Ukraine.

Many in the Senate, including those Senate Democrats who are Latino, are particularly worried about the new leaks that claim that the administration is setting up a new authority that would be allowed to expel migrants without needing to go through the regular asylum screenings.

The biggest worry within the Democratic party was that the negotiations would result in a deal rushed to the floor by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

On Thursday, December 14, Schumer spoke about his plans for an emergency foreign aid package vote, which was intended include reforms for the U.S. border. He added that the Senate and White House negotiators would be working through the following week to come to a solution.

However, despite these plans, Senators reportedly left on Wednesday, December 20 without reaching a deal on Ukraine or the border. According to The Wall Street Journal, Schumer said negotiators would be putting in time over the break and that the Senate was planning to make a decision upon its return. He said, “Everyone understands” that there is more to accomplish and that it will “take more time.”

Initially, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) took to X, formerly known as Twitter to claim that Schumer believed that he would be able to get them to cave to the GOP’s anti-immigration demands and that the Democrats would be ambushed to accept the deal.

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