House Speaker Mike Johnson says 'no' to Senate immigration deal

 January 15, 2024

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said a firm no on Saturday to the Senate GOP proposed deal with Democrats and the Biden administration, spearheaded by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).

"Absolutely not," Johnson tweeted along with a screenshot of the bill's proposed provisions.

Here is what the bill proposes to do, according to the Immigration Accountability Project:

  • Increase green cards by 50,000/year
  • Work permits for adult children of H-1B holders
  • Immediate work permits to every illegal alien released from custody
  • Taxpayer-funded lawyers to certain UACs and mentally incompetent aliens
  • Expulsion authority for a limited number of days only if encounters exceed 5K/day over a seven-day period
  • Restrict parole for those who enter without authorization between ports of entry

Johnson had already told the Senate that the House's H.R. 2 border security bill needed to be the baseline of any Senate deal.

Doesn't solve the problem

“If you don’t end catch and release as a policy, if you don’t reinstitute remain in Mexico, if you only fix asylum or parole and not these other things, then you don’t solve the problem. You don’t stem the flow here,” he told Face the Nation in regard to the watered-down Senate bill.

Lankford said H.R. 2 wasn't realistic for Democrats or President Joe Biden to support, so it appears that the two sides are at an impasse.

The downside of the impasse is that immigration will continue unabated. The upside is that the U.S. won't spend billions more on aid to Ukraine.

December was another record month for border encounters with 300,000.

Immigration hurting Democrats

It's getting to the point where immigration is now a losing issue for Democrats, with the majority of Americans considering it a serious problem, including many Democrats.

If nothing is done to slow it down significantly, the issue may hurt Democrats including Biden at the ballot box in November.

The last thing most Americans want is to give work permits to almost 10 million illegal immigrants who will then be able to take their jobs and do them for less pay, driving down wages for everyone.

Kicking American kids out of their schools so illegal immigrants can be housed there is not high on citizens' lists either.

Looks like Democrats better figure out what they're going to do, or voters will give their jobs to someone who will do what it takes to crack down on illegal immigration and enforce this country's laws.

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