Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 14:44 IST
US House Speaker urges Biden to act on border security through executive measures
Johnson's plea to the President centers on the revival of several policies previously embraced by the Trump administration.
House Speaker Mike Johnson has made a resounding call to President Biden, urging immediate executive action to address the escalating concerns surrounding the security of the southern border. In a letter obtained by Axios, Johnson stressed the pivotal role Biden must play in initiating substantial changes, underlining that "significant action must start with you."
Johnson's plea to the President centers on the revival of several policies previously embraced by the Trump administration. These include the resumption of border wall construction, cessation of parole programs for individuals crossing the border, reinstatement of the Remain in Mexico agreement, and expediting removal procedures for those ineligible for asylum, while also curtailing work authorizations for parolees.
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The stance of Senate Republicans looms large in this debate. They've staunchly advocated for substantial border policy changes to be linked with the Ukraine funding bill, citing concerns over the increased influx of fentanyl and human trafficking.
In his letter to Biden, Johnson expressed frustration over the Senate's inaction on H.R. 2, emphasizing the urgent need for border reforms due to the deteriorating crisis. He underscored that while statutory reforms are necessary, the severity of the situation demands immediate action from the President.
The broader picture reveals the longstanding complexities surrounding border policy, historically a contentious issue for both parties. With House conservatives potentially opposing any Senate package without robust border policy changes, the path to passing significant legislation remains challenging.
As the debate intensifies and negotiations persist, Johnson's call to action represents a significant moment, highlighting the urgency and gravity of the situation at the southern border. The pressure mounts on President Biden to address these concerns promptly through executive measures, amid ongoing political manoeuvring and divergent policy priorities between the parties.
Published December 22nd, 2023 at 14:44 IST