As Capitol Hill deals with yet another joint chapter in the budget battle and the border crisis, a sizable group of Senate Republicans are mounting resistance against what they perceive as a hasty push by Democrats and the Biden administration to quickly finalize a border deal. The political battle unfolding this week is a clear demonstration of the deep divide in the parties’ opposing approaches to border security and immigration reforms.
The conflict at the heart of this dispute stems from fundamental differences in how each party views immigration policy. “Rushed and secret negotiations with Democrats who want an open border and who caused the current crisis will not secure the border,” said a letter from 15 GOP Senators sent on Sunday to Senate Republican Conference Chair John Barrasso (R-WY).
NEW: Group of GOP senators led by RonJohn asks Conference Chair @SenJohnBarrasso to call a conference mtg for week of Jan. 8 to discuss border talks
“Rushed & secret negotiations with Democrats who want an open border & who caused the current crisis will not secure the border.” pic.twitter.com/VdYOnH81Df
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) December 17, 2023
The group of GOP senators, including Sens. J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), advocate for a deliberate and transparent process in negotiating the border deal. The group emphasizes the need for patience, insisting, “The American public deserves an open and transparent process which cannot occur until the House returns the week of January 8, 2024.”
On the other side of the aisle, Democrats — with unwavering support from the White House — are pushing for a swift resolution to the border issue. The urgency is primarily driven by the desire to strike a deal under the pressure of another looming government shutdown that would include the full Democratic agenda of unrestrained immigration.
Joe Biden has publicly said that he is “willing to find middle ground.” However, it appears that the Democratic version of “middle ground” means essentially full acceptance of Biden’s disastrous open border policies.
Even as Democrats stand firm behind the policies that have driven the ongoing border crisis, American voters are expressing their dissatisfaction in polls as next year’s election season approaches. The flood of illegal migrants is being felt not only in border towns now but across the entire nation, as many Democrat-controlled “sanctuary cities” are feeling crushed by the sheer numbers of migrants they must now manage.
The deadlock over this deal has far-reaching implications. The surge in migration is affecting public support for Democratic politicians and shaping perceptions of immigration policies. “The visible flood is breaking public support for Democratic politicians, for migration in general, and Biden’s re-election chances” highlights the impact of these migration trends on public opinion and political fortunes.
Graham expressed skepticism over the weekend about reaching a swift agreement in the Senate this week: “We’re not anywhere close to a deal. It’ll go into next year.”