US Senate unveils bill on border issue, Ukraine, Israel aid

Opposition from hardline Republicans

Despite its ambitious scope, opposition from former President and Republican presidential nominee frontrunner Donald Trump, and other influential hardline Republicans, casts doubt on its passage.

House Speaker Mike Johnson declared the package “dead on arrival” if it reaches his Republican-controlled chamber. This comes despite the top Senate Republican, Mitch McConnell, supporting the proposal saying Republicans would not get a better deal under a Republican White House.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema stated the legislation aims to secure the US southern border by requiring the Department of Homeland Security to shut it down if daily crossing attempts exceed 5,000 over a week.

Sinema called the bill “realistic, pragmatic, and the strongest solution to our border crisis in my lifetime.”

It allocates $20 billion to immigration enforcement — including hiring of thousands of officials to evaluate asylum claims, as well as hundreds of border patrol agents.

The bill also includes $2.44 billion to US Central Command to deal with the security challenges in the Red Sea, and $4.83 billion to support US partners in the Indo-Pacific.

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