New Bipartisan Border Bill Released By The Senate

February 5, 2024

We are going to end that process by ending catch and release and requiring folks who do come to claim asylum to actually have their asylum claims determined quickly and fairly.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AR) said on Sunday as she described the new bipartisan border deal put out by Senators.

What To Know: On Sunday, Senators released a package pairing border enforcement policy with aid for Ukraine, Israel, and other allies. The $118 billion package was expected to be voted on by the Senate this week. However, House Republicans and Speaker of the House Mike Johnson have shown opposition. When the vote would occur remains up in the air.

Arizona Independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema, one of the negotiators on the bipartisan deal, is working to convince senators to support it. The agreement would allow the government to shut down asylum processing along the border in times of high volume and would reduce the asylum-case processing times from years to months. (For more details about the potential deal, check out her interview.)

President Joe Biden released a statement saying, “If you believe, as I do, that we must secure the border now, doing nothing is not an option….I urge Congress to come together and swiftly pass this bipartisan agreement. Get it to my desk so I can sign it into law immediately.”

Read More:

Transcript: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona on “Face the Nation,” Feb. 4, 2024 (CBS News)

Proposed border deal Sinema helped craft could overhaul U.S. asylum system. What to know (Arizona Republic)

Senators release a border and Ukraine deal but the House speaker declares it ‘dead on arrival’ (The Associated Press)

Statement from President Joe Biden on Bipartisan Senate National Security Agreement (The White House)

by Sarah Pinkerton,