White House to Intensify Push for Ukraine Aid and Border Security Deal

White House to Intensify Push for Ukraine Aid and Border Security Deal – On Sunday, a Democratic senator mentioned that the White House plans to increase its involvement with U.S. lawmakers aiming to reach a bipartisan agreement. This deal aims to offer military aid to Ukraine and Israel while enhancing U.S. border security. 

Despite the insistence from Republicans that extra funding for Ukraine should be coupled with significant U.S. border security reforms, a bipartisan group of senators attempting to negotiate a compromise has made limited headway.  With less than a week remaining before the U.S. Congress recesses for Christmas, progress has been slow. 

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“The White House is going to get more engaged this week,” Senator Chris Murphy, the lead Democratic negotiator, said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” Murphy emphasized the significance of determining whether Democratic President Joe Biden would endorse any potential agreement. In his bid for reelection in 2024, Biden has grappled with surging numbers of migrants attempting illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Republicans have censured Biden for reversing certain stringent policies implemented by former President Donald Trump, who is presently the frontrunner for his party’s nomination. Last week’s report indicated that the Biden administration was willing to consider imposing fresh restrictions on U.S. asylum as a component of an agreement to secure funding for allies Ukraine and Israel.

Murphy said the current border security demands by Republicans were “unreasonable” and that they were “playing games with the security of the world” by linking the military aid to U.S. border security measures. Certain Republicans advocate for border measures that would enable swift deportation of migrants crossing illegally without the opportunity to seek U.S. asylum. 

Additionally, they urge significant reductions in Biden programs that have facilitated the lawful entry of hundreds of thousands of migrants. Senator James Lankford, a Republican member of the group working on a border compromise, said the U.S. border was “literally spiraling out of control” with 12,000 migrants crossing illegally in a single day last week.

Speaking on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Lankford declined to detail what policy changes he had proposed but said Congress needed to take steps “to actually begin to control the border.” Republican Senator J.D. Vance told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that he opposes aid to Ukraine, saying it is “functionally destroyed as a country” that needs to end the war through negotiations with Russia.

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“What’s in America’s best interest is to accept Ukraine is going to have to cede some territory to the Russians, and we need to bring this war to a close,” Vance said. On CBS News, Shalanda Young, the director of the White House budget office, warned that neglecting to assist Ukraine might prompt Russia to escalate the conflict to involve other U.S. allies in Europe.

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