A source says the White House is open to new asylum limits for Ukrainian aid. According to a person familiar with the conversations, the administration of Vice President Joe Biden is contemplating supporting stricter limitations on who may seek asylum and an increased deportation procedure to obtain new money for Ukraine and Israel in a supplemental budget measure.
With only one week left before legislators leave for the holiday break, the White House and Congress of the United States are working feverishly to reach an agreement that would provide military assistance to the two countries that are allies of the United States while also preventing illegal immigration across the border between the United States and Mexico.
Because Republicans have refused to accept extra funds for Ukraine without additional steps to limit the record number of migrants seeking to enter the border into the United States illegally, a complicated discussion has ensued between the two concerns, which are essentially unconnected to one another.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden, a Democrat for reelection in 2024, stated that he would be prepared to make significant compromises on border security. This statement came in response to the rejection of a Democratic assistance plan that included $20 billion in financing for the border by Senate Republicans.
The White House would be willing to consider increasing the criteria for first asylum screenings, according to a source familiar with the situation who spoke to Reuters anonymously to discuss the discussions further.
According to the source, the government of Vice President Joe Biden would also consider a “safe third country” clause, which would prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States if they travel via another nation on their way to the United States.
A further potential area of agreement might be the expansion of an accelerated removal procedure, sometimes known as “expedited removal.” According to the source, the authority would be utilized across the country rather than at the border, as it is currently being done.
According to the source, a group of senators from both parties attempting to achieve a compromise is also considering imposing a numerical cap on asylum petitions. On the subject of such a cap, the attitude of the Biden administration is yet unknown.
According to Angelo Fernandez Hernandez, a spokeswoman for the White House, Vice President Biden has made it very apparent that “the border is broken” and that Congress needs to take action to fix it.
“The president has stated that he is open to compromise,” he added in a statement.”
It is expected that the House of Representatives, which Republicans command, will finish its work for the year by the 14th of December, leaving a limited window of opportunity to enact legislation. The Senate, which Democrats head, is also facing a similar schedule.
According to sources, when this is considered, the objective appears to be more to get a top-line agreement and maybe perform some work on the specifics of the legislative language during the break.
On Thursday, Democratic Senator Chris Coons stated that the “stubbornly large” divide that exists between his party and Republicans continues to exist but that he continues to be confident that they will find common ground.
In a press briefing on Thursday, the spokesperson for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, expressed her disapproval of Republicans.
“They are playing chicken with our national security,” according to her. “History will remember them harshly.”
He told reporters on Wednesday that any plan would have to decrease illegal immigration by at least half and said he did not know whether Christmas could agree. Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican, is a bipartisan group member attempting to find a solution to border security. “We’ve got a lot more to do,” he said.